Definition of Psocoptera in English:

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Pronunciation: /sə(ʊ)ˈkɒptərə/

plural noun

An order of insects that comprises the booklice and other psocids.
Example sentences
  • The Hemiptera (bugs, cicadas, whiteflies, aphids, etc.), the Thysanoptera, the Psocoptera (psocids, book lice, and bark lice), and the Phthiraptera form the hemipteroid assemblage.
  • The hemipteroid assemblage has four orders of insects: Hemiptera (bugs, cicadas, whiteflies, aphids, etc.), Phthiraptera, Psocoptera (psocids, book lice, and bark lice), and Thysanoptera (thrips).
  • For the other two hemipteroid orders, Thysanoptera and Psocoptera, only partial mtDNA sequences are available.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Comparisons between fully characterized mt genomes of a range of hemipterans, thrips, psocopterans, and lice should provide further insight into the mechanisms of gene rearrangement in animal mt genomes.
  • The hemipteroid assemblage (bugs, thrips, psocopterans, and lice) is particularly interesting because it is thought to be the sister group of the Endopterygota.
  • Based on the close relationship of thrips to the lophioneurid psocopteroids, it is likely that the Triassic and Jurassic thrips were saprophagous, just as the psocopterans and merothripids are today.


Modern Latin (plural), from Psocus (genus name) + pteron 'wing'.

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