[ hahy-muh-nop-ter-uh n ]
/ ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər ən /



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

Origin of hymenopteran

1875–80; < New Latin Hymenoptera, the name of the taxonomic order (see hymenopteron) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for hymenopteran



/ (ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərən) /

noun plural -terans, -tera (-tərə) or -terons

any hymenopterous insect
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Science definitions for hymenopteran


[ hī′mə-nŏptər-ən ]

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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