[ en-doh-ter-i-goht ]
/ ˌɛn doʊˈtɛr ɪˌgoʊt /


belonging or pertaining to the superorder Endopterygota, comprising the insects that undergo complete metamorphosis.


an endopterygote insect.

Origin of endopterygote

First recorded in 1925–30, endopterygote is from the New Latin word Endopterygota a group of insects. See endo-, pterygote
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Examples from the Web for endopterygote

  • A few examples from other orders of endopterygote insects will illustrate this point.

    The Life-Story of Insects|Geo. H. Carpenter
  • In this way a gradual transition from the exopterygote to the endopterygote type of life-story is at least conceivable.

    The Life-Story of Insects|Geo. H. Carpenter