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Any of numerous insects of the order Diptera, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings and a pair of club-shaped balancing organs, and including the housefly and the mosquitoes.
[From New Latin Diptera, order name, from Greek dipteros, having two wings : di-, two; see di-1 + pteron, wing; see -pter.]
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(Animals) any dipterous insect
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dip•ter•an(ˈdɪp tər ən)
any insect of the order Diptera, including mosquitoes, gnats, and most flies, having one pair of wings for flying and a second pair reduced to small knobs for balancing.
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|Noun||1.||dipteran - 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|
haltere, balancer, halter - either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Diptera, order 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
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
bee killer, robber fly - swift predatory fly having a strong body like a bee with the proboscis hardened for sucking juices of other insects captured on the wing
mosquito - two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals
gnat - any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies
fungus gnat - mosquito-like insect whose larvae feed on fungi or decaying vegetation
fungus gnat, sciara, sciarid - minute blackish gregarious flies destructive to mushrooms and seedlings
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