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(Zoology) a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouthparts. The group includes flies, mosquitoes, craneflies, and midges
Dip•ter•a(ˈdɪp tər ə, -trə)
the order comprising the dipterous insects.
[1810–20; < New Latin < Greek, neuter pl. of dípteros two-winged]
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|Noun||1.||Diptera - a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies|
animal order - the order of animals
class Hexapoda, class Insecta, Hexapoda, Insecta - insects; about five-sixths of all known animal species
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
Muscoidea, superfamily Muscoidea - two-winged flies especially the families: Muscidae; Gasterophilidae; Calliphoridae; Tachinidae
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
pl → Dipteren pl (spec), → Zweiflügler pl