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Isoptera Syllabification: I·sop·te·ra
Pronunciation: /īˈsäptərə/
Entomology

Definition of Isoptera in English:

An order of insects that comprises the termites.
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

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noun& adjective

Origin

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

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