Definition of Dermaptera in English:

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Dermaptera

Pronunciation: /dəːˈmaptərə/

plural noun

Entomology
An order of insects that comprises the earwigs.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rohdendorf and Hennig both hypothesized a relationship of the Dermaptera to the Dictyoptera (cockroaches, mantises, and termites).

Derivatives

dermapteran

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Nontarget insects caught in traps were counted and broadly categorized by order (e.g. small dipterans, dermapterans) or family or super family.
  • We are establishing a molecular phylogeny for this group in order elucidate patterns of dermapteran diversification and evolution.
  • Birds consumed dermapterans, orthopterans, arachnids, and coleopterans in proportions equal to the prey's availability and did not select for prey size.

dermapterous

adjective

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek derma 'skin' + pteron 'wing'.

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Line breaks: Derm|ap¦tera

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