hymenopterous

[ hahy-muh-nop-ter-uhs ]

adjective
  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.

Origin of hymenopterous

1
From the Greek word hymenópteros, dating back to 1805–15. See hymeno-, -pterous

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hymenopterous

hymenopteran

/ (ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərəs) /


adjective
  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

Origin of hymenopterous

1
C19: from Greek humenopteros membrane wing; see hymen, -pterous

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