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[dip-ter-uh s] /ˈdɪp tər əs/
Entomology. belonging or pertaining to the order Diptera, comprising the houseflies, mosquitoes, and gnats, characterized by a single, anterior pair of membranous wings with the posterior pair reduced to small, knobbed structures.
Botany. having two winglike appendages, as seeds or stems.
Origin of dipterous
1765-75; < New Latin dipterus < Greek dípteros; see Diptera, -ous
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nondipterous, adjective Unabridged
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Also dipteran. of, relating to, or belonging to the Diptera, a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouthparts. The group includes flies, mosquitoes, craneflies, and midges
(botany) having two winglike parts: a dipterous seed
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek dipteros, from di- two + pteros wing
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dipterous in Medicine

dipterous dip·ter·ous (dĭp'tər-əs)

  1. Of or characteristic of insects of the order Diptera.

  2. Having two wings or winglike appendages.

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dipterous in Science
Any of various insects of the order Diptera, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings, a pair of club-shaped balancing organs, and large compound eyes. Dipterans include the flies, mosquitoes, midges, and gnats.

dipterous adjective
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