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

  • n. Any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera, which includes the scorpion flies, characterized by long membranous wings and an elongated beaklike head having chewing mouthparts at the tip.

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  • n. Any of the carnivorous insects in the order Mecoptera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera

Etymologies

From New Latin Mēcoptera, order name : Greek mēkos, length; see māk- in Indo-European roots + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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