1 Entomology Relating to flies of the order Diptera.
- In The Fly, protagonist Seth Brundle undergoes a dipterous metamorphosis that begins to change his voice.
- The feeding tunnels and oviposition punctures of dipterous miners are unsightly and objectionable in crops destined for market.
- In attempts to reduce the vegetable growers dependence on insecticides for controlling root-feeding dipterous pests a concerted effort has been made to develop alternative control measures.
Late 18th century: from modern Latin dipterus (from Greek dipteros 'two-winged') + -ous.
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