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pl n
(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
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(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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Noun1.Diptera - a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouthsDiptera - 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
family Muscidae, Muscidae - two-winged flies especially the housefly
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
family Glossinidae, Glossinidae - flies closely related to the Muscidae: tsetse flies
family Tachinidae, Tachinidae - parasites on other insects
Cuterebridae, family Cuterebridae - New World botflies
Asilidae, family Asilidae - robber flies
family Hippoboscidae, Hippoboscidae - winged or wingless dipterans: louse flies
genus Haematobia, Haematobia - European genus of bloodsucking flies
Nematocera, suborder Nematocera - mosquitoes; fungus gnats; crane flies; gnats; sand flies
family Simuliidae, Simuliidae - blackflies and sand flies
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plDipteren pl (spec), → Zweiflügler pl
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References in classic literature ?
Even in the upper and damp region I procured very few, excepting some minute Diptera and Hymenoptera, mostly of common mundane forms.
The sterile insect technique (SIT) is widely used to suppress or eradicate populations of pestiferous fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae).
The Stratiomyidae (Diptera) are commonly known as soldier flies with worldwide distribution and comprise nearly 2,800 described species in 377 genera (Woodley, 2001, 2011; Fachin and Assis-Pujol, 2016).
Chironomidae (Diptera) species diversity of estuaries across a land use gradient on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica
First report of Gymnoclytia (Diptera: Tachinidae) endoparasitoid of Euschistus heros (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in Paraguay
Erica McAlister is curator of Diptera at the Natural History Museum, London.
First record of the genus Smeryngolaphria Hermann, 1912 (Diptera: Asilidae: Laphriinae) in Peru