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 (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.
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(ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərəs) or


(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Hymenoptera, an order of insects, including bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies, having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging, sawing, or piercing
[C19: from Greek humenopteros membrane wing; see hymen, -pterous]
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(ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər əs)

belonging or pertaining to the Hymenoptera, an order of insects having, when winged, four membranous wings, and comprising the wasps, bees, ants, ichneumon flies, and sawflies.
[1805–15; < Greek hymenópteros= hymeno-, comb. form of hymḗn membrane, hymen + -pteros -pterous; compare New Latin Hymenoptera, neuter pl. of hymenopterus < Greek]
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Adj.1.hymenopterous - of or relating to insects of the order Hymenoptera
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adj hymenopterous insectHautflügler m
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References in classic literature ?
Westwood on species in large genera being closely allied to others; on the tarsi of Engidae; on the antennae of hymenopterous insects
175), mentioning a hymenopterous insect, probably of the same genus, says he saw it dragging a dead spider through tall grass, in a straight line to its nest, which was one hundred and sixty-three paces distant.
Records of hymenopterous parasites in Pennsylvania.
The side effects of plant protection products used in olive cultivation on the hymenopterous egg parasitoid Trichogramma cacoeciae Marchal.
In every bush, in the cracked bark of the trees, in the earth undermined by hymenopterous insects, life stirs audibly.
Different natural enemies syrphid fly, coccinellids, Chrysoperla carnea, Hymenopterous parasitoids were observed a week earlier ina different study where peak aphid population was in the mid of March (Saleem et al., 2009).
Unlike all other known gynogens impaternata females (queens and probably at times workers), being hymenopterous insects, regularly lay unfertilised haploid eggs which develop as males (as in all investigated ants).
An airflow olfactometer for measuring olfactory responses of hymenopterous parasitoids and other small insects.