Any of the carnivorous insects in the order Mecoptera.

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  • mecopteran — [mi käp′tər ən] n. [< ModL Mecoptera < Gr mēkos, length (for IE base see MEAGER) + PTER(O) + AN] any of an order (Mecoptera) of carnivorous insects, with a head that is greatly elongated into a beak with chewing mouthparts, and, usually,… …   English World dictionary

  • mecopteran — /mi kop teuhr euhn/, adj. 1. mecopterous. n. 2. Also, mecopteron /mi kop teuh ron /. a mecopterous insect. [see MECOPTEROUS, AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • mecopteran — me·cop·ter·an …   English syllables

  • mecopteran — noun any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera • Hypernyms: ↑insect • Hyponyms: ↑scorpion fly, ↑hanging fly • Member Holonyms: ↑Mecoptera, ↑order Mecoptera * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • neuropteran — /noo rop teuhr euhn, nyoo /, adj. 1. neuropterous. n. 2. Also, neuropteron. a neuropterous insect. [1835 45; < NL Neuropter(a), neut. pl. of neuropterus (see NEUROPTEROUS) + AN] * * * ▪ insect Introduction       any of a group of insects commonly …   Universalium

  • Nannochoristidae — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthr …   Wikipedia

  • Eomeropidae — Notiothauma is also a synonym of the spider genus Lygarina of the Linyphiidae family. Eomeropidae Temporal range: Cenozoic Recent Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda …   Wikipedia

  • scorpion fly — n. MECOPTERAN: the abdomen, in the male, curls up at the end and resembles a scorpion s sting * * * …   Universalium

  • māk- — Long, thin. Oldest form *meə₂k̑ , colored to *maə₂k̑ , contracted to *māk̑ (becoming *māk in centum languages). 1. Zero grade form *mək becoming *mak . a. (i) meager, from Latin macer, thin; …   Universalium

  • pet- — Also petə (oldest form *petə₁ ). To rush, fly. Variant *pteə₁ , contracted to *ptē . Derivatives include feather, compete, perpetual, ptomaine, symptom, and hippopotamus. 1. Suffixed form …   Universalium

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