- the order comprising the beetles.
Origin of Coleoptera
[koh-lee-op-ter-uh n, kol-ee-]
- a coleopterous insect; beetle.
Origin of coleopteron
1755–65; < New Latin < Greek: singular of Coleoptera
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Examples from the Web for coleoptera
Like all of the coleoptera, the Mercurians were hexapoda (six legged).
He had specimens of Lasius niger who exploited a flock of Coleoptera.The Industries of Animals
Pterygium: a lateral expansion of the snout of some Coleoptera.
Umbones: two movable spines on the sides of prothorax in some Coleoptera.
Sinciput: in Coleoptera; that part of the vertex between the eyes.
Word Origin and History for coleoptera
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