American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by forewings modified to form tough protective covers for the membranous hind wings and including the beetles, weevils, and fireflies.
- adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the order Coleoptera.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the Coleoptera; a beetle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the order of Coleoptera.
- From New Latin Coleoptera, order name, from Greek koleopteros, sheath-winged : koleon, sheath; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots + pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Other noteworthy fauna include cave-dwelling species such as a collembolan Tricanthella frigida, an endemic found in Gavarnie cirque at 2,500 m, and coleopteran Tipnus unicolor and Speonomus bolivari.”
“Russell Coope, The climatic significance of coleopteran assemblages from the Eemian deposits in southern England, Geologie en Mijnbouw / Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 79 (2/3): 257-267 (2000)”
“This system also allowed the transfer of lepidopteran-active crystal genes into coleopteran-active BT strains for the generation of new hybrid clones active against both orders.”
“CSIRO in Australia isolated 200 samples of BT; these were screened against Tribolium castaneum to find a bacterium effective against stored-product coleopteran pests (Beckett,1989).”
“Maize MON863 expresses a variant Bacillus thuringiensis cry3Bb1 gene which confers protection against coleopteran pests, principally the corn rootworm (Diabrotica spp.).”
“The trait, for which the deal was struck, provides protection from below-ground coleopteran insects, including corn rootworm, a major corn pest in the United States, it also said in a statement.”
“It was hoped that this subspecies would have potential for controlling coleopteran pests (McGaughey,”
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