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[hahy-muh-nop-ter-uh s]
  1. 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.
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Origin of hymenopterous

From the Greek word hymenópteros, dating back to 1805–15. See hymeno-, -pterous
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Examples from the Web for hymenopterous

Historical Examples

  • You will find no other than true legs in most Coleopterous, Neuropterous, and Hymenopterous larv.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • In Hymenopterous pup the antenn appear usually to lie between the legs.

  • No doubt large numbers are destroyed by their great enemies, the parasitic flies, chiefly perhaps the Hymenopterous Apanteles.

British Dictionary definitions for hymenopterous



  1. 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
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Word Origin

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