from The Century Dictionary.

  • In some systems, an order of neuropterous insects corresponding to the Panorpidæ or scorpion-flies, proposed for uniformity of nomenclature instead of Brauer's term Panorpatœ. Also, incorrectly, Mecaptera.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic order within the class Insectascorptionflies.

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

  • noun an order of carnivorous insects usually having long membranous wings and long beaklike heads with chewing mouths at the tip


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  • Panorpatae: = Mecoptera; q.v. Pantherine: in color, almost like cervinus; q.v.: in maculation, like those of a panther.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Mecaptera: = Mecoptera, q.v. Meconium: the substance excreted by certain metabolic insects soon after their emergence from the chrysalis or pupa.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Mecoptera: long-winged: neuropterous insects with similar, large, unfolded wings; mouth mandibulate, prolonged into a beak: head free; thorax agglutinated; transformations complete: the scorpion flies or Panorpidae.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology


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