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dipterous

[dip-ter-uh s]
adjective
  1. 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.
  2. 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
Related formsnon·dip·ter·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dipterous

dipterous

adjective
  1. 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
  2. botany having two winglike partsa dipterous seed
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Word Origin for dipterous

C18: from New Latin, from Greek dipteros, from di- two + pteros wing
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dipterous in Medicine

dipterous

(dĭptər-əs)
adj.
  1. Of or characteristic of insects of the order Diptera.
  2. Having two wings or winglike appendages.
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dipterous in Science

dipteran

[dĭptər-ən]
  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.
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Related formsdipterous adjective
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