Definition of Isoptera in English:

Isoptera

Syllabification: I·sop·te·ra
Pronunciation: /īˈsäptərə
 
/
Entomology
  • An order of insects that comprises the termites.
    More example sentences
    • Sociality has evolved multiple times, most notably in the Hymenoptera and Isoptera.
    • Treeswifts hunt opportunistically and frequently feed on Isoptera and Coleoptera (beetles).
    • Insects in the order Isoptera, are better known for eating timber than for being eaten themselves.

Derivatives

isopteran

noun & adjective

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek isos 'equal' + pteron 'wing'.

More definitions of Isoptera

Definition of Isoptera in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grotesquerie
Pronunciation: grəʊˈtɛskəri
noun
grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively

Shop for an Oxford dictionary

Find the perfect Oxford dictionary for you in our online shop.
SHOP NOW ►