[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.

Origin of neuropterous

1795–1805; < New Latin Neuropter(a), neuter plural of neuropterus nerve-winged + -ous. See neuro-, -pterous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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

Word Origin for neuropterous

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