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Diptera Syllabification: Dip·ter·a
Pronunciation: /ˈdiptərə/

Definition of Diptera in English:

1A large order of insects that comprises the two-winged or true flies, which have the hind wings reduced to form balancing organs (halteres). It includes many biting forms, such as mosquitoes and tsetse flies, that are vectors of disease.
Example sentences
  • Diets of little brown myotis and eastern pipistrelles were highly diverse, consuming an even proportion of six orders of insects including Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Lepidoptera, Homoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Tricoptera.
  • The staminate and pistillate flowers of S. mucugensis and S. curralensis were visited by insects belonging to three orders: Coleoptera, Diptera, and Hymenoptera.
  • The leaf mining habit is known to have evolved only in four extant orders of insects: the Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera.
1.1 (as plural noun diptera) Insects of the order Diptera; flies.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek diptera, neuter plural of dipteros 'two-winged', from di- 'two' + pteron 'wing'.

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