- 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.
Origin of dipterous
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Dipterous: belonging to or having the characters of Diptera.
Setarious aristate: the dipterous antenna when the arista is simple.
It is extremely susceptible to the attacks of a Dipterous parasite.New Zealand Moths and Butterflies
G. V. Hudson
It moved, like other dipterous larv, by means of its mandibles.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. I (of 4)
More than one expedition has failed on account of this dipterous fly.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
- 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
C18: from New Latin, from Greek dipteros, from di- two + pteros wing
- Of or characteristic of insects of the order Diptera.
- Having two wings or winglike appendages.
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- 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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