Definition of dipterous in English:


Syllabification: dip·ter·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈdiptərəs


  • 1 Entomology Of or relating to flies of the order Diptera.
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    • In The Fly, protagonist Seth Brundle undergoes a dipterous metamorphosis that begins to change his voice.
    • The feeding tunnels and oviposition punctures of dipterous miners are unsightly and objectionable in crops destined for market.
    • In attempts to reduce the vegetable growers dependence on insecticides for controlling root-feeding dipterous pests a concerted effort has been made to develop alternative control measures.
  • 2 Botany Having two winglike appendages.


late 18th century: from modern Latin dipterus (from Greek dipteros 'two-winged') + -ous.

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