Definition of hymenopteran in English:

hymenopteran

Line breaks: hy¦men|op¦ter¦an
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪmɛˈnɒpt(ə)rən
 
, ˌhʌɪmɪˈnɒpt(ə)rən/
Entomology

noun

  • An insect of the order Hymenoptera, such as a bee, wasp, or ant.
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    • Flies and hymenopterans (bees and wasps) also differ in their flight patterns.
    • The honeybee, like other hymenopteran species, is characterized by a haplodiploid system of reproduction.
    • Our Malaise traps captured primarily dipterans, hymenopterans, and coleopterans.

adjective

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  • Relating to or denoting hymenopterans.
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    • The composition stationarity test using the hymenopteran data was designed in a similar way, using just the 16S gene.
    • What has happened here is that a parasitic hymenopteran has injected her tiny egg into a golden egg.
    • The honeybee, like other hymenopteran species, is characterized by a haplodiploid system of reproduction.

Derivatives

hymenopterous

adjective
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  • In a matter of hours the presidential election, heretofore free of interference from legal insects, was overrun by hymenopterous lawyers.
  • Three species of hymenopterous parasites - Eurytoma sp., Microbracon sp., and Tetrastichus sp. - have been reared in New Jersey.
  • On the 1st December I bred also from another ovum a small hymenopterous parasite.

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