from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of minute insects parasitic, in their larval state, on bees and wasps. It is the typical genus of the group Strepsiptera, formerly considered a distinct order, but now generally referred to the Coleoptera. See strepsiptera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of insects, type of the order Rhipiptera or Strcpsiptera, and now of the coleopterous family Stylopid√¶.
  • n. [lowercase] An insect of this genus; a rhipipter or strepsipter.


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