[ hahy-muh-nop-ter-uhn ]

  1. Also hy·me·nop·ter. a hymenopterous insect.

Origin of hymenopteran

First recorded in 1875–80; from New Latin Hymenoptera, the name of the taxonomic order + -an;see hymenopteron

Words Nearby hymenopteran

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British Dictionary definitions for hymenopteran



/ (ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərən) /

nounplural -terans, -tera (-tərə) or -terons
  1. any hymenopterous insect

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Scientific definitions for hymenopteran


[ hī′mə-nŏptər-ən ]

  1. Any of various insects of the order Hymenoptera, having two pairs of wings and a characteristic thin constriction that separates the abdomen from the thorax. Some hymenopterans live in complex social groups. Hymenopterans include the ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies.

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