Definition of Protura in English:

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Protura

Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈtjʊərə/

plural noun

Entomology
An order of minute white wingless insects with slender bodies. They lack eyes and antennae, using the first pair of legs as sensory organs.
  • Order Protura, subclass Apterygota, class Insecta (or Hexapoda)
Example sentences
  • Hexapoda (Insecta sensu lato) includes four groups: Protura, Collembola, Diplura, and Insecta sensu stricto (with the latter containing Microcoryphia or Archeognatha, Zygentoma, and the pterygote insects).
  • There are huge gaps in the early fossil record, since several basal hexapod groups have not been found at all in the Paleozoic: Protura, Diplura, and Thysanura.

Derivatives

proturan

noun& adjective

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek prōtos 'first, primitive'.

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