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  • proper n. A taxonomic order within the subdivision Polyneoptera — the earwigs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See dermoptera, dermopteran.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An old and disused group of insects; in De Geer's system, one of three groups (the others being Hemiptera and Coleoptera) of his Vaginata.
  • The earwigs, Forficulidæ, as an order of Insecta: now usually called Euplexoptera (which see). Kirby. Also Dermatoptera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. earwigs and a few related forms

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