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Any of numerous insects of the order Orthoptera, having mouthparts that are adapted for chewing, usually two pairs of wings with thickened front wings and folded hind wings, and often enlarged hind legs. Orthopterans include the grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids.
[From New Latin Orthoptera, order name : Greek ortho-, ortho- + Greek ptera, neuter pl. of pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]
or·thop′ter·an, or·thop′ter·ous adj.
n, pl -teranspl -tera (-tərə)
(Animals) Also: orthopteron any orthopterous insect
(Zoology) another word for orthopterous
or•thop•ter•an(ɔrˈθɒp tər ən)
an insect of the order Orthoptera, characterized by leathery forewings, membranous hind wings, and chewing mouthparts: includes the cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids.
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|Noun||1.||orthopteran - any of various insects having leathery forewings and membranous hind wings and chewing mouthparts|
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
cricket - leaping insect; male makes chirping noises by rubbing the forewings together