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[noo-rop-ter-uh s, nyoo-]
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Neuroptera, an order of insects characterized by four membranous wings having netlike venation, comprising the ant lions, lacewings, dobsonflies, alderflies, fishflies, snakeflies, mantispids, and spongillaflies.
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Origin of neuropterous

1795–1805; < New Latin Neuropter(a), neuter plural of neuropterus nerve-winged + -ous. See neuro-, -pterous
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Examples from the Web for neuropterous

Historical Examples

  • It is one of the neuropterous tribe, or those with nerved wings.

    The Forest Exiles

    Mayne Reid

  • Wing of a neuropterous insect, from the Lower Lias, Gloucestershire.

  • A number of neuropterous insects whose early stages are passed in the water are furnished with branchial trache or false gills.

  • Dragon-fly, the common name of members of a family (Odonata or Libellulid) of neuropterous insects.

  • Insects appear well developed, including both orthopterous and neuropterous forms, in the New Brunswick rocks.

British Dictionary definitions for neuropterous



  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Neuroptera, an order of insects having two pairs of large much-veined wings and biting mouthparts: includes the lacewings and antlions
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin Neuroptera; see neuro-, -pterous
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