- Also der·map·ter·ous. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Dermaptera, comprising the earwigs.
- any of numerous brown to black, small to medium-sized nocturnal insects of the order Dermaptera, widely distributed in warm, moist areas, characterized by a slender, elongated, flattened body with pincerlike appendages at the tail end of the abdomen.
Origin of dermapteran
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- any insect of the order Dermaptera, the earwigs
- of, relating to, or belonging to this order
C19: from Greek derma (see derma 1) + pteron wing
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- Any of various insects of the order Dermaptera, having an elongated flattened body equipped with a pair of pincerlike appendages at the posterior end. Dermapterans include the earwigs.
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