Definition of Diplura in English:

Diplura

Syllabification: Di·plu·ra
Pronunciation: /dīˈplo͝orə
 
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Entomology
  • An order of small, primitive, wingless insects that resemble the true bristletails but have two bristles at the end of the abdomen.
    • Order Diplura, subclass Apterygota, class Insecta (or Hexapoda)
    More example sentences
    • The Parainsecta (springtails and proturans) and Diplura are not true insects, for their numbers of abdominal segments vary.
    • Neither are the Parainsecta (springtails and proturans) or Diplura true insects, for their numbers of abdominal segments vary.
    • When nucleotide frequencies were tested within each of the three basal hexapod groups (i.e., within Protura, within Diplura, within Collembola), they were always stationary.

Derivatives

dipluran

noun & adjective
More example sentences
  • We have obtained the most extensive sample of basal hexapods so far: namely, 10 proturans, 12 diplurans, and 10 collembolans, including all their major subgroups - plus a wide range of out-group taxa.
  • The cerci of some diplurans are designed to break off near the base if they are mishandled.
  • Similar to some other primitive wingless insects, diplurans have external sexual reproduction.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from di-1 'two' + Greek pleura 'side of the body'.

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