Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[awr-thop-ter-uh s] /ɔrˈθɒp tər əs/
belonging or pertaining to the Orthoptera, an order of insects, including the cockroaches, mantids, walking sticks, crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids, characterized by leathery forewings, membranous hind wings, and chewing mouthparts.
Origin of orthopterous
First recorded in 1820-30, orthopterous is from the New Latin word orthopterus straight-winged. See ortho-, -pterous Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for orthopterous
Historical Examples
  • The head is in form much like that of certain larvæ of Neuroptera and of Forficula, an orthopterous insect.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • Phyllium, fil′i-um, n. a genus of orthopterous insects of family Phasmid—leaf-insects or walking-leaves.

  • Now, come, let us look at all of our orthopterous friends again, cockroaches first.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • But I can tell you, we feel a little better acquainted with you orthopterous fellows than we did.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
British Dictionary definitions for orthopterous


of, relating to, or belonging to the Orthoptera, a large order of insects, including crickets, locusts, and grasshoppers, having leathery forewings and membranous hind wings, hind legs adapted for leaping, and organs of stridulation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for orthopterous

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for orthopterous

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for orthopterous