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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the superorder Endopterygota — the sawflies, wasps, bees and ants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An extensive order of insects, including the bees, ants, ichneumons, sawflies, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A large and important order of the class Insecta.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an order of insects including: bees; wasps; ants; ichneumons; sawflies; gall wasps; etc.
From Ancient Greek ὑμενόπτερος (humenopteros, "membrane-winged"), from ὑμήν (humēn, "membrane") + πτερόν (pteron, "wing"). (Wiktionary)