[ dip-ter-uh s ]
/ ˈdɪp tər əs /


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 Latin dipterus < Greek dípteros; see Diptera, -ous

Related forms

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


/ (ˈdɪptərəs) /


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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Medicine definitions for dipterous


[ dĭptər-əs ]


Of or characteristic of insects of the order Diptera.
Having two wings or winglike appendages.
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Science definitions for dipterous


[ dĭptər-ən ]

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 forms

dipterous adjective
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