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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. An extensive order of insects having only two functional wings and two balancers, as the house fly, mosquito, etc. They have a suctorial proboscis, often including two pairs of sharp organs (mandibles and maxillæ) with which they pierce the skin of animals. They undergo a complete metamorphosis, their larvæ (called maggots) being usually without feet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An order of metabolous hexapod insects.
  • [l. c] Plural of dipteron.

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

  • n. a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies

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