Definition of Coleoptera in English:

Coleoptera

Syllabification: Co·le·op·ter·a
Pronunciation: /ˌkōlēˈäptərə
 
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Entomology
  • 1An order of insects that comprises the beetles (including weevils), forming the largest order of animals on the earth.
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    • To date, 10 insect orders, Homoptera, Heteroptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, Odonata, Isoptera, Orthoptera, and Dictyoptera, have been recorded to be hosts of Cordyceps species.
    • Diets of little brown myotis and eastern pipistrelles were highly diverse, consuming an even proportion of six orders of insects including Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Lepidoptera, Homoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Tricoptera.
    • The most speciose insect orders like the Coleoptera, Diptera and Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) tend to have small genome sizes with very few or no exceptions.
  • 1.1 (as plural noun coleoptera) Insects of the order Coleoptera ; beetles.
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    • For example, the coleoptera Tenebrio molitor belongs to the holometabolous insects, a monophyletic group that includes Diptera and Lepidoptera.
    • The main predator taxa were spiders, coleoptera, centipedes, and ants.
    • The common House Centipede, Scutigera coleoptera, shown in the image, belongs to this group.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek koleopteros, from koleos 'sheath' + pteron 'wing'.

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