[ hahy-muh-nop-ter-uh s ]
/ ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər əs /


belonging or pertaining to the Hymenoptera, an order of insects having, when winged, four membranous wings, and comprising the wasps, bees, ants, ichneumon flies, and sawflies.

Origin of hymenopterous

From the Greek word hymenópteros, dating back to 1805–15. See hymeno-, -pterous
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/ (ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Hymenoptera, an order of insects, including bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies, having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging, sawing, or piercing

Word Origin for hymenopterous

C19: from Greek humenopteros membrane wing; see hymen, -pterous
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