[ huh-mop-ter-uhn, hoh- ]

  1. a homopterous insect.

Origin of homopteran

First recorded in 1835–45; see origin at homopterous, -an

Words Nearby homopteran

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Scientific definitions for homopteran


[ hə-mŏptər-ən ]

  1. Any of various insects belonging to the group Homoptera. Homopterans suck sap from plants and can be very destructive. They include the cicadas, treehoppers, leafhoppers, aphids, scale insects, whiteflies, and mealybugs. Some scientists consider the homopterans to be a suborder of the order Hemiptera, while others consider them to be a separate insect order.

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