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Thysanoptera Line breaks: Thy¦san|op¦tera
Pronunciation: /ˌθʌɪsəˈnɒpt(ə)rə/

Definition of Thysanoptera in English:

plural noun

1An order of insects that comprises the thrips.
Example sentences
  • THE ORDER Thysanoptera, or thrips (pi. and sing.), is comprised of approximately 5,000 known species of small insects with diverse life histories and habits.
  • For the other two hemipteroid orders, Thysanoptera and Psocoptera, only partial mtDNA sequences are available.
  • For the Insecta, 29 families in 8 orders were identified, with species of Thysanoptera, Coleoptera, and Heteroptera being the most abundant.
1.1 (thysanoptera) Insects of the order Thysanoptera; thrips: thysanoptera frequent many kinds of plants
More example sentences
  • But the scorching weather has also seen the arrival of the irritating heatwave insect, thysanoptera, commonly known as the thunder bug.
  • The communities were dominated numerically by Thysanoptera (leaves and stalks) and Acari, but other taxa including Heteroptera and Coleoptera were also relatively common.
  • Pollination is insect mediated, the main foragers observed in the field being small Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, and Thysanoptera.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Thrips, as thysanopterans are commonly called, are slender and may be winged or wingless.
  • It would not be an exaggeration to describe him as ‘a man for all seasons’ when it comes to his thysanopteran research endeavours.
  • Many thysanopterans disperse over short distances or migrate over large areas, and mass flights are observed.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek thusanos 'tassel' + pteron 'wing'.

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