dipterous

[ dip-ter-uhs ]
/ ˈdɪp tər əs /

adjective

Entomology. belonging or pertaining to the order Diptera, comprising the houseflies, mosquitoes, and gnats, characterized by a single, anterior pair of membranous wings with the posterior pair reduced to small, knobbed structures.
Botany. having two winglike appendages, as seeds or stems.

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Origin of dipterous

1765–75; <New Latin dipterus<Greek dípteros;see Diptera, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM dipterous

non·dip·ter·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dipterous

dipterous
/ (ˈdɪptərəs) /

adjective

Also: dipteran of, relating to, or belonging to the Diptera, a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouthparts. The group includes flies, mosquitoes, craneflies, and midges
botany having two winglike partsa dipterous seed

Word Origin for dipterous

C18: from New Latin, from Greek dipteros, from di- two + pteros wing
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Medical definitions for dipterous

dipterous
[ dĭptər-əs ]

adj.

Of or characteristic of insects of the order Diptera.
Having two wings or winglike appendages.
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