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hymenopterous

[ hahy-muh-nop-ter-uhs ]
/ ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər əs /
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adjective
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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hymenopterous

hymenopteran

/ (ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərəs) /

adjective
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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