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Related to plecopteran: Blattodea, Mecoptera, order Plecoptera, Grylloblattodea



[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.]

ple·cop′ter·an adj.


(Animals) a stonefly
(Zoology) entomol relating to the order Plecoptera



n., pl. -flies.
any of numerous dull-colored primitive aquatic insects of the order Plecoptera, having a distinctive flattened body shape: a major food source for game fish.
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Noun1.plecopteran - primitive winged insect with a flattened bodyplecopteran - primitive winged insect with a flattened body; used as bait by fishermen; aquatic gilled larvae are carnivorous and live beneath stones
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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The bottle-traps sometimes caught other insects including bush crickets, cantharid beetles, ephemeropterans, plecopterans, tipulids and various other dipterans.
Also in Indiana, Brack (1985) found dipterans, trichopterans, coleopterans (including the Asiatic oak weevil), lepidopterans, homopterans, hymenopterans, neuropterans, and plecopterans represented, in decreasing order of importance, in the diet of this species.
genera) of ephemeropterans (mayflies), plecopterans (stoneflies), and trichopterans (caddisflies) in the sample.