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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

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  • noun any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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