[dip-ter-uh, -truh]


the order comprising the dipterous insects.
(lowercase) plural of dipteron.

Origin of Diptera

1810–20; < New Latin < Greek, neuter plural of dípteros two-winged, equivalent to di- di-1 + -pteros -pterous



noun, plural dip·ter·a [dip-ter-uh] /ˈdɪp tər ə/.

a dipterous insect.

Origin of dipteron

1890–95; < Greek, neuter of dípteros; see Diptera

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An order of insects comprising the true flies, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings and a pair of club-shaped balancing organs, and including many important disease vectors such as the mosquito, tsetse fly, and sandfly.

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