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haltere

halter (ˈhæltə)

noun plural halteres (hælˈtɪəriːz)
  1. one of a pair of short projections in dipterous insects that are modified hind wings, used for maintaining equilibrium during flightAlso called: balancer
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Word Origin

C18: from Greek haltēres (plural) hand-held weights used as balancers or to give impetus in leaping, from hallesthai to leap
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