[ noo-rop-ter-uh n, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈrɒp tər ən, nyʊ- /



Also neu·rop·ter·on. a neuropterous insect.

Origin of neuropteran

1835–45; < New Latin Neuropter(a), neuter plural of neuropterus (see neuropterous) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for neuropteran



/ (njʊˈrɒptərən) /

noun plural -terans, -terons or -tera (-tərə)

any neuropterous insect
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Science definitions for neuropteran


[ nu-rŏptər-ən ]

Any of various carnivorous insects of the order Neuroptera, having four net-veined wings and mouthparts adapted for chewing. Neuropterans include the lacewings and antlions. Formerly, the dobsonflies and alderflies, now classified as a separate order Megaloptera, and the snakeflies, now classified as the order Raphidiodea, were considered neuropterans.
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