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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the subdivision Polyneoptera — various insects including the cockroach, cricket, grasshopper, stick insect, etc..
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- plural proper n. An order of mandibulate insects including grasshoppers, locusts, cockroaches, mantids, crickets, katydids, etc. See Illust. under insect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order of the class Insecta proposed by Olivier in 1789 for certain straight-winged insects which Linnæus had placed in Hemiptera, and to which De Geer in 1773 had restricted the order Hemiptera, placing the true bugs in a new order Dermaptera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. grasshoppers and locusts; crickets
From Ancient Greek ὀρθός (orthós, "straight") + πτερά (pterá, "wings"), plural of πτερόν (pterón, "wing") (Wiktionary)