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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the superorder Neuropterida — the lacewings and related insects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- plural proper n. An order of hexapod insects having two pairs of large, membranous, net-veined wings. The mouth organs are adapted for chewing. They feed upon other insects, and undergo a complete metamorphosis. The ant-lion, hellgamite, and lacewing fly are examples. Formerly, the name was given to a much more extensive group, including the true Neuroptera and the Pseudoneuroptera.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order of the class Insecta, founded by Linnæus in 1748.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an order of insects including: lacewings; antlions; dobsonflies; alderflies; fish flies; mantispids; spongeflies
From Ancient Greek νεῦρον (neuron, "sinew, tendon, cord") + πτερόν (pteron, "wing"). (Wiktionary)