Orthoptera Or*thop"te*ra, prop. n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. 'orqo`s straight + ? feather, wing.] (Zo["o]l.) An order of mandibulate insects including grasshoppers, locusts, cockroaches, mantids, crickets, katydids, etc. See Illust. under {Insect}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The anterior wings are usually thickened and protect the membranous posterior wings, which are larger and fold longitudinally like a fan. They also have chewing mouth parts. The {Orthoptera} undergo no metamorphosis. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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