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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.
(Animals) Also called: hemipteron any hemipterous insect
(Animals) another word for hemipterous
[C19: from hemi- + Greek pteron wing]
he•mip•ter•an(hɪˈmɪp tər ən)
2. Also, he•mip′ter•on`. a true bug; hemipterous insect.
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|Noun||1.||hemipteran - insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis|
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Hemiptera, order Hemiptera - plant bugs; bedbugs; some true bugs; also includes suborders Heteroptera (true bugs) and Homoptera (e.g., aphids, plant lice and cicadas)
lygaeid, lygaeid bug - a true bug: usually bright-colored; pest of cultivated crops and some fruit trees
bed bug, bedbug, chinch, Cimex lectularius - bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood
backswimmer, Notonecta undulata - predaceous aquatic insect that swims on its back and may inflict painful bites
true bug - any of various insects of the order Hemiptera and especially of the suborder Heteroptera