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
1765–75; < New Latindipterus < Greekdípteros; see Diptera, -ous
Also: dipteranof, 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
botanyhaving two winglike partsa dipterous seed
Word Origin for dipterous
C18: from New Latin, from Greek dipteros, from di- two + pteros wing
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.