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hy·me·nop·ter·an(hī′mə-nŏp′tər-ən) also hy·me·nop·ter·on (-tə-rŏn′)
Any of numerous insects of the order Hymenoptera, including the bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies, often living in complex social groups and characteristically having two pairs of membranous wings.
[From New Latin Hymenoptera, order name, from Greek humenopteros, membrane-winged : humēn, membrane; see hymen + pteron, wing; see -pter.]
hy′me·nop′ter·an, hy′me·nop′ter·ous (-tər-əs) adj.
n, pl -terans, -tera (-tərə) or -terons
(Animals) any hymenopterous insect
hy•me•nop•ter•an(ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər ən)
2. Also, hy′me•nop`ter. a hymenopterous insect.
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|Noun||1.||hymenopteran - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing|
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Hymenoptera, order Hymenoptera - an order of insects including: bees; wasps; ants; ichneumons; sawflies; gall wasps; etc.
bee - any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
wasp - social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
chalcid, chalcid fly, chalcid wasp, chalcidfly - any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects
ichneumon fly - hymenopterous insect that resembles a wasp and whose larvae are parasitic on caterpillars and other insect larvae
sawfly - insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plant