Definition of Dermaptera in English:

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Dermaptera

Pronunciation: /dərˈmaptərə/
Entomology
An order of insects that comprises the earwigs.
Example sentences
  • Insects, such as Hymenoptera, Heteroptera, Coleoptera, Dermaptera, some Diptera, and some Lepidoptera have convergently developed an ability to attach their wings to the body when resting.
  • Other insects from these sites include Odonata, Blattodea, Isoptera, Dermaptera, Heteroptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Trichoptera, and Diptera are presently documented on the basis of only a relatively few specimens.
  • Rohdendorf and Hennig both hypothesized a relationship of the Dermaptera to the Dictyoptera (cockroaches, mantises, and termites).

Derivatives

dermapteran

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Nontarget insects caught in traps were counted and broadly categorized by order (e.g. small dipterans, dermapterans) or family or super family.
  • We are establishing a molecular phylogeny for this group in order elucidate patterns of dermapteran diversification and evolution.
  • Birds consumed dermapterans, orthopterans, arachnids, and coleopterans in proportions equal to the prey's availability and did not select for prey size.

dermapterous

Pronunciation: /-rəs/
adjective

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek derma 'skin' + pteron 'wing'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Der·map·te·ra

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