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Related to neuropteran: order Neuroptera
Any of various insects of the order Neuroptera, having large eyes, chewing mouthparts, and wings with many veins, and including the lacewings and antlions. The order formerly included other groups, such as the dobsonflies.
[From New Latin Neuroptera, order name : Greek neuron, vein, tendon; see neuron + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing; see -pter.]
neu·rop′ter·an, neu·rop′ter·ous adj.
n, pl -terans, -terons or -tera (-tərə)
(Animals) any neuropterous insect
neu•rop•ter•an(nʊˈrɒp tər ən, nyʊ-)
1. any insect of the order Neuroptera, characterized by four net-veined wings: includes the lacewings and ant lions.adj.
2. Also, neu•rop′ter•ous. belonging or pertaining to the neuropterans.
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|Noun||1.||neuropteran - insect having biting mouthparts and four large membranous wings with netlike veins|
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Neuroptera, order Neuroptera - an order of insects including: lacewings; antlions; dobsonflies; alderflies; fish flies; mantispids; spongeflies
antlion fly, ant lion, antlion - winged insect resembling a dragonfly; the larvae (doodlebugs) dig conical pits where they wait to catch e.g. ants
lacewing, lacewing fly - any of two families of insects with gauzy wings (Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae); larvae feed on insect pests such as aphids
Corydalus cornutus, dobson fly, dobsonfly, dobson - large soft-bodied insect having long slender mandibles in the male; aquatic larvae often used as bait
snakefly - predatory insect of western North America having a long necklike prothorax
mantispid - insect that resembles a mantis; larvae are parasites in the nests of spiders and wasps