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

  • n. See stonefly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as plecopter.

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

  • n. primitive winged insect with a flattened body; used as bait by fishermen; aquatic gilled larvae are carnivorous and live beneath stones


From New Latin Plecoptera, order name : Greek plekein, to plait, twist; see plek- in Indo-European roots + Greek pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Most plecopteran larvae use gills to respire, but those that don't have gills need to live in highly oxygenated water in order to be able to diffuse enough oxygen across their body surface.

    Insecta (Aquatic)


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