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Any of numerous hemipteran insects of the suborder Heteroptera, characterized by forewings that have a thick leathery basal section and a membranous apical section, and including the stinkbugs and waterstriders.

[From New Latin Heteroptera, suborder name : hetero- (from the two sections of their forewings ) + Greek pteron, wing; see -pter.]

het′er·op′ter·an, het′er·op′ter·ous adj.


(ˌhɛtəˈrɒptərəs) or


(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Heteroptera, a suborder of hemipterous insects, including bedbugs, water bugs, etc, in which the forewings are membranous but have leathery tips. Compare homopterous
[C19: from New Latin Heteroptera, from hetero- + Greek pteron wing]


(ˌhɛt əˈrɒp tər əs)

belonging or pertaining to the Heteroptera, in some classifications a suborder of hemipterous insects comprising the true bugs.
[1890–95; hetero- + -pterous; compare New Latin Heteroptera, neuter pl. of heteropterus]
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Descriptions of new species of Heteropterous Hemiptera of North America.
Abstract: Four new records of species of aquatic heteropterous are added to the entomofauna of Colombia and, distributional limits are extended for all species collected.
Parasitism by tachinid flies (Diptera, Tachinidae) of heteropterous insects in Tokachi, Hokkaido.