Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various insects of the order Dermaptera, including the earwigs, having an elongated flattened body equipped with a pair of pincerlike appendages at the posterior end.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the order Dermaptera.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various insects of the order Dermaptera; earwig.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Dermaptera.
  • n. One of the Dermaptera.

Etymologies

From New Latin Dermaptera, order name : derma- + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing; see -pter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • On Saint Helena there existed, at least until recently, a species of giant earwig—the world’s largest and no doubt most repulsive dermapteran insect.

    The Song of The Dodo

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