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mecopteran

[ mi-kop-ter-uhn ]
/ mɪˈkɒp tər ən /
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adjective

noun

Also me·cop·ter·on [mi-kop-tuh-ron]. /mɪˈkɒp təˌrɒn/. a mecopterous insect.

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Origin of mecopteran

see origin at mecopterous, -an
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Scientific definitions for mecopteran

mecopteran
[ mĭ-kŏptər-ən ]

Any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera, characterized by long, membranous wings and an elongated, beaklike head having chewing mouthparts at the tip. Scorpion flies are mecopterans.
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