[hi-mip-ter-uh n]
  1. Also he·mip·ter·on [hi-mip-tuh-ron] /hɪˈmɪp təˌrɒn/. a true bug; a hemipterous insect.

Origin of hemipteran

First recorded in 1875–80; Hemipter(a) + -an
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  1. Also called: hemipteron (hɪˈmɪptəˌrɒn) any hemipterous insect
  1. another word for hemipterous

Word Origin for hemipteran

C19: from hemi- + Greek pteron wing
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hemipteran in Science


  1. Any of various insects of the order Hemiptera, having biting or sucking mouthparts and two pairs of wings. Hemipterans include the leafhoppers, treehoppers, cicadas, aphids, scales, and true bugs.
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