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

  • n. An insect of the order Orthoptera, characterized by folded membranous hind wings covered by narrow leathery forewings and mouthparts that are adapted for chewing. Insects of this order include the locusts, cockroaches, crickets, and grasshoppers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many insects of the order Orthoptera

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Orthoptera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as orthopterous.
  • n. An insect of the order Orthoptera.

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

  • n. any of various insects having leathery forewings and membranous hind wings and chewing mouthparts


From New Latin Orthoptera, order name : Greek ortho-, ortho- + Greek ptera, neuter pl. of pteron, wing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Its presence is both a revelation and a joy, since the song, a long soft drawn-out reeling buzz, is one of the most resonant of all orthopteran melodies.

    Country diary

  • Cricket Crawl NYC, an amateur-science event held Saturday night to enlist area residents a la crowd-sourcing to collectively document the distribution of seven orthopteran species throughout the metropolitan area.

    Scientific American


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