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Any of numerous insects of the order Hemiptera, having mouthparts used for piercing and sucking and two pairs of wings, and including the cicadas, the aphids, and the heteropterans, such as the assassin bugs and the water striders.

he·mip′ter·an, he·mip′ter·ous (-tə-rəs) adj.


(hɪˈmɪptərəs) or


(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Hemiptera, a large order of insects having sucking or piercing mouthparts specialized as a beak (rostrum). The group is divided into the suborders Homoptera (aphids, cicadas, etc) and Heteroptera (water bugs, bedbugs, etc)


(hɪˈmɪp tər əs)

1. belonging or pertaining to the Hemiptera, an order of insects with forewings that are thickened and leathery at the base and membranous at the apex, comprising the true bugs.
2. belonging or pertaining to the order Hemiptera, in some classifications comprising the heteropterous and homopterous insects.
[1810–20; hemi- + -pterous; compare New Latin Hemiptera, neuter pl. of hemipterus]
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