Definition of Mecoptera in English:

Mecoptera

Syllabification: Me·cop·ter·a
Pronunciation: /miˈkäptərə
 
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Entomology
An order of insects that comprises the scorpionflies.
More 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

mecopteran

Pronunciation: /-tərən/
noun& adjective
More 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.

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