dipteran
adjective Etymology: ultimately from Greek dipteros two-winged, from di- + pteron wing — more at feather Date: circa 1842 of, relating to, or being a fly (sense 2a) • dipteran noundipterous adjective

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  • Dipteran — Dip ter*an, n. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect of the order Diptera. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dipteran — [dip′tər ən] n. [< ModL Diptera < neut. pl. of Gr dipteros: see DIPTEROUS] any of a large order (Diptera) of insects, including the true flies, mosquitoes, and gnats, usually having one pair of functional, membranous wings and a vestigial… …   English World dictionary

  • dipteran — /dip teuhr euhn/, adj. 1. dipterous (def. 1). n. 2. a dipterous insect. [1835 45; DIPTER(A) + AN] * * * Any member of the more than 85,000 species in the insect order Diptera (the two winged, or true, flies), characterized by the use of only one… …   Universalium

  • dipteran — Denoting insects of the order Diptera. * * * dip·ter·an dip tə rən n any insect of the order Diptera dipteran adj dip·ter·ous rəs adj …   Medical dictionary

  • dipteran — n. & adj. n. a dipterous insect. adj. = DIPTEROUS 1. Etymology: mod.L diptera f. Gk diptera neut. pl. of dipterous two winged (as DI (2), pteron wing) * * * noun insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dipteran — noun Any of very many flies, of the order Diptera, that have two wings See Also: dipterous …   Wiktionary

  • dipteran — dip·ter·an …   English syllables

  • dipteran — dip•ter•an [[t]ˈdɪp tər ən[/t]] n. ent any insect of the order Diptera, including mosquitoes, gnats, and most flies, having one pair of wings for flying and a second pair reduced to small knobs for balancing • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • dipteran — /ˈdɪptərən/ (say diptuhruhn) adjective 1. → dipterous (def. 1). –noun 2. a dipterous insect …   Australian English dictionary

  • dipteran insects — dipteran insects. См. двукрылые [насекомые]. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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