Definition of neuropteran in English:

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neuropteran

Pronunciation: /n(y)o͝oˈräptərən/
Entomology

noun

A predatory flying insect of the order Neuroptera, such as a lacewing or alderfly.
Example sentences
  • Zygopterans and tabanids were absent, and coleopterans, neuropterans, trichopterans, hemipterans (true bugs), and anisopterans were rare.
  • The first neuropterans are believed to have appeared during the Permian, almost 300 million years ago.
  • Because of this, some neuropterans have been successfully used in the biological control of crop pests.

adjective

Relating to or denoting neuropterans.
Example sentences
  • There are two different kinds of neuropteran eye, with and without distal rhabdomeres, which can be expected on anatomical grounds to function differently.
  • These have been neglected in studies on neuropteran anatomy, and many aspects of their biology are likewise obscure.

Derivatives

neuropterous

Pronunciation: /-rəs/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Snyder reported a strange neuropterous larva which he found in a termite colony at Falls Church, Va., in 1918.
  • Research Emphases are: geological record of neuropterous insects, integration of fossil and living taxa into combined phylogenetic analyses.
  • Biological control of aphids using neuropterous insect (Chrysopa nipponensis Okamoto) larvae was investigated.

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Syllabification: neu·rop·ter·an

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