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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the Diptera, a large order of insects that includes the true flies and mosquitoes, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings and a pair of club-shaped balancing organs.
  • adj. Having two wings, as certain insects, or winglike appendages, as certain fruits and seeds: the dipterous fruit of the maple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, Diptera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having two wings, as certain insects; belonging to the order Diptera.
  • adj. Having two wings; two-winged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In entomology, having two wings; specifically, pertaining to or having the characters of the order Diptera (which see).
  • 2. In botany, having two wing-like membranous appendages; bialate: applied to stems, fruits, seeds, etc.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or belonging to the Diptera


From New Latin Diptera, order name, from Greek dipteros, having two wings : di-, two; see di-1 + pteron, wing; see -pter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • ...a dipterous insect projecting its proboscis over the dripstone...

    - Louis Zukofsky, Thanks to the Dictionary

    June 20, 2008