[hahy-muh-nop-ter-uh n]

noun, plural hy·me·nop·ter·a [hahy-muh-nop-ter-ter-uh] /ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər tər ə/.

Origin of hymenopteron

1875–80; < Greek, neuter singular of hymenópteros “having winged membranes” from hymeno- + ptė́ron “wing”
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Word Origin and History for hymenoptera


order of insects that includes ants, wasps, and bees, 1773, coined in Modern Latin 1748 by Linnæus from Greek hymen (genitive hymenos) "membrane" (see hymen) + pteron "wing" (see pterodactyl). Related: Hymenopterous.

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