Definition of Heteroptera in English:

Heteroptera

Syllabification: Het·er·op·ter·a
Pronunciation: /ˌhetəˈräptərə
 
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Entomology
  • 1A group of true bugs in which the forewings are nonuniform, having a thickened base and membranous tip. The predatory and water bugs belong to this group, as well as many plant bugs. Compare with Homoptera.
    • Suborder Heteroptera, order Hemiptera
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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.
    • Other insects from these sites include Odonata, Blattodea, Isoptera, Dermaptera, Heteroptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Trichoptera, and Diptera are presently documented on the basis of only a relatively few specimens.
    • Insects, such as Hymenoptera, Heteroptera, Coleoptera, Dermaptera, some Diptera, and some Lepidoptera have convergently developed an ability to attach their wings to the body when resting.
  • 1.1 (as plural noun heteroptera) Bugs of the Heteroptera group.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek heteros 'other' + pteron 'wing'.

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