strepsipterous

[strep-sip-ter-uh s]
adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the order Strepsiptera, comprising minute insects that are closely related to the beetles, the twisted-winged male being free-living and the wingless female parasitic in various insect hosts.

Origin of strepsipterous

1810–20; < New Latin Strepsipter(a) order name (< Greek strepsi- (stem of strépsis a turning round, equivalent to strep- (variant stem of stréphein to twist, turn; cf. strepto-) + -sis -sis) + -ptera, neuter plural of -pteros -pterous) + -ous
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