orthopteran
noun Etymology: New Latin Orthoptera Date: circa 1842 any of an order (Orthoptera) of insects (as crickets and grasshoppers) characterized by biting mouthparts, two pairs of wings or none, enlarged hind femurs, and an incomplete metamorphosis • orthopteran adjectiveorthopterist nounorthopteroid noun or adjective

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  • orthopteran — orthopteran; prot·orthopteran; …   English syllables

  • Orthopteran — Or*thop ter*an, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the {Orthoptera}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orthopteran — [ôr thäp′tər ən] n. [< ModL Orthoptera < ORTHO + Gr pteron, wing, FEATHER] any of a large order (Orthoptera) of mostly plant eating insects, including crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids, having chewing mouthparts and narrow, hard… …   English World dictionary

  • orthopteran — /awr thop teuhr euhn/, adj. 1. orthopterous. n. 2. an orthopterous insect. [1895 1900; < NL Orthopter(a) (see ORTHOPTERON) + AN] * * * ▪ insect Introduction   broadly, any member of one of four insect orders. Orthopteran has come to be regarded… …   Universalium

  • orthopteran — noun Any of many insects of the order Orthoptera …   Wiktionary

  • orthopteran — or•thop•ter•an [[t]ɔrˈθɒp tər ən[/t]] n. ent an insect of the order Orthoptera, characterized by leathery forewings, membranous hind wings, and chewing mouthparts: includes the cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • orthopteran — n. any insect of the order Orthoptera, with straight narrow forewings, and hind legs modified for jumping etc., including grasshoppers and crickets. Derivatives: orthopterous adj. Etymology: ORTHO + Gk pteros wing * * * noun any of various… …   Useful english dictionary

  • orthopteran Entomology — [ɔ: θɒpt(ə)r(ə)n] noun an insect of the order Orthoptera, which includes the grasshoppers and crickets. adjective relating to orthopterans. Derivatives orthopterous adjective Origin from mod. L. Orthoptera, from ortho + Gk pteros wing …   English new terms dictionary

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  • insect — insectival /in sek tuy veuhl/, adj. /in sekt/, n. 1. any animal of the class Insecta, comprising small, air breathing arthropods having the body divided into three parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), and having three pairs of legs and usually two… …   Universalium

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