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[ huh-mop-ter-uh s, hoh- ]
/ həˈmɒp tər əs, hoʊ- /


belonging or pertaining to the Homoptera, an order of insects closely related to the hemipterous insects (in some classifications a suborder of Hemiptera) but having membranous forewings and hind wings, including the aphids, cicadas, leafhoppers, planthoppers, and scale insects.

Nearby words

homoplasy, homoploid, homopolar, homopolymer, homopteran, homopterous, homorganic, homoromantic, homoscedastic, homoserine, homosexual

Origin of homopterous

1820–30; < New Latin Homopter(a) (neuter plural of homopterus < Greek homópteros) + -ous. See homo-, -pterous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for homopterous



/ (həʊˈmɒptərəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Homoptera, a suborder of hemipterous insects, including cicadas, aphids, and scale insects, having wings of a uniform texture held over the back at restCompare heteropterous

Word Origin for homopterous

C19: from Greek homopteros, from homo- + pteron wing
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