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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. An order of insects, including the earwig. The anterior wings are short, in the form of elytra, while the posterior wings fold up beneath them. See earwig.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An aberrant suborder of orthopterous insects, or an order of insects, the same as Dermaptera, constituted by the earwigs or Forficulidæ: so called from the crosswise and lengthwise folding of the under wings. See Forficulidæ. Also Euplecoptera.

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