Definition of Plecoptera in English:

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Plecoptera

Pronunciation: /pləˈkäptərə/
Entomology
1An order of insects that comprises the stoneflies.
Example sentences
  • Hedriumichnus may therefore have been produced by a nymph of a primitive Ephemeroptera (Mayflies; the lobes representing abdominal leglets), or Plecoptera (Stoneflies; the lobes representing globular gills).
  • One small brown insect that I first thought might be some type of Plecoptera or Neuroptera quickly revealed itself to be a webspinner (Embioptera).
  • Hedriumichnus, known only from the Robledo Mountains, is interpreted as the resting trace of a nymph of a primitive Ephemeroptera or Plecoptera.
1.1 (as plural noun plecoptera) Insects of the order Plecoptera; stoneflies.
Example sentences
  • Plecoptera are thought to have a relationship with the Orthopteroid-Plecopteroid assemblage.
  • Analysis of the databases shows that the Plecoptera are at a much better level of determination than the Ephemeroptera.

Derivatives

plecopteran

Pronunciation: /-tərən/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • In many of the bootstrap analyses, node A is disrupted because the long plecopteran branch joins with the long collembolan branch, and this attraction is reduced under the more complex models.
  • The taxonomic diversity of the IKIP plecopteran specimens identified to date consists of 21 species belonging to 15 genera in 6 families.
  • The plecopteran fauna was studied by means of slit traps and hand net during the summers of 1982-1987.

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek plekos 'wickerwork' (from plekein 'to plait') + pteron 'wing'.

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Syllabification: Ple·cop·ter·a

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