Origin of Diptera
- a dipterous insect.
Origin of dipteron
1890–95; < Greek, neuter of dípteros; see Diptera
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Examples from the Web for diptera
Calypter: Diptera; the alula or squama when it covers the haltere.
Dipterous: belonging to or having the characters of Diptera.
Humeral bristles: in Diptera, are situated on the humeral callus.
Metapleural bristles: in Diptera, are inserted in the metapleura.
Microchaetae: small bristles, as opposed to macrochaetae, in Diptera.
- 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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