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Mecoptera Line breaks: Mec|op¦tera
Pronunciation: /məˈkɒptərə/

Definition of Mecoptera in English:

plural noun

An order of insects that comprises the scorpion flies.
Example sentences
  • On the other hand, there was diverse evolution within the surviving orders, the Neuroptera, Mecoptera, and Diptera, and Coleoptera being notable examples.
  • We have isolated and characterized the first LW opsin genes from two orders: Mecoptera and Siphonaptera.
  • Additional specimens of Mecoptera are housed in the collections of the Maine State Forest Service, Insect and Disease Laboratory in Augusta; however, these specimens have not been identified.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Panorpidae (true scorpionflies) is the most speciose family of mecopterans.
  • The hymenopteran and mecopteran arolium may be patterned in lines.
  • There are about 550 species of mecopterans worldwide, with 81 species in the United States and Canada.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek mēkos 'length' + pteron 'wing'.

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