[dip-ter-uh n]
  1. a dipterous insect.

Origin of dipteran

First recorded in 1835–45; Dipter(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for dipteran

Historical Examples of dipteran

  • One or two examples of the adaptations of dipteran larvae to life in the water may well bring the present chapter to a close.

    The Life-Story of Insects

    Geo. H. Carpenter

British Dictionary definitions for dipteran


dipteron (ˈdɪptəˌrɒn)

  1. any dipterous insect
  1. another word for dipterous (def. 1)
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dipteran in Medicine


  1. A dipterous insect.
Related formsdipter•an adj.
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dipteran in Science


  1. Any of various insects of the order Diptera, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings, a pair of club-shaped balancing organs, and large compound eyes. Dipterans include the flies, mosquitoes, midges, and gnats.
Related formsdipterous adjective
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