[ het-uh-rop-ter-uh s ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈrɒp tər əs /


belonging or pertaining to the Heteroptera, in some classifications a suborder of hemipterous insects comprising the true bugs.

Origin of heteropterous

1890–95; < New Latin Heteropter(a) + -ous. See hetero-, -pterous
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/ (ˌhɛtəˈrɒptərəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Heteroptera, a suborder of hemipterous insects, including bedbugs, water bugs, etc, in which the forewings are membranous but have leathery tipsCompare homopterous

Word Origin for heteropterous

C19: from New Latin Heteroptera, from hetero- + Greek pteron wing
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