- belonging or pertaining to the Orthoptera, an order of insects, including the cockroaches, mantids, walking sticks, crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids, characterized by leathery forewings, membranous hind wings, and chewing mouthparts.
Origin of orthopterous
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The head is in form much like that of certain larvæ of Neuroptera and of Forficula, an Orthopterous insect.Our Common Insects
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Phyllium, fil′i-um, n. a genus of orthopterous insects of family Phasmid—leaf-insects or walking-leaves.
Now, come, let us look at all of our orthopterous friends again, cockroaches first.
But I can tell you, we feel a little better acquainted with you orthopterous fellows than we did.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Orthoptera, a large order of insects, including crickets, locusts, and grasshoppers, having leathery forewings and membranous hind wings, hind legs adapted for leaping, and organs of stridulation