Definition of Anisoptera in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanʌɪˈzɒptərə/

plural noun

A group of insects which comprises the dragonflies. Compare with Zygoptera.
  • Suborder Anisoptera, order Odonata.
Example sentences
  • Depending on the author's preferences, dragonflies, Anisoptera, are subdivided into 6-15 families.
  • They have two pairs of almost equal-sized glassy wings [Anisoptera means ‘unequal wings’] and their compound eyes have up to 30,000 facets.
  • The Order Odonata is subdivided into two suborders: damselflies and dragonflies (Anisoptera).



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Zygopterans and tabanids were absent, and coleopterans, neuropterans, trichopterans, hemipterans (true bugs), and anisopterans were rare.
  • Assuming that E. superstes is indeed an outgroup taxon to Anisoptera, it clearly emerges as the most suitable outgroup for rooting the anisopteran clade.
  • A list of records of anisopteran larvae and final instar exuviae with attached zebra mussels is provided.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek anisos 'unequal' + pteron 'wing'.

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