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[From New Latin Plecoptera, order name : Greek plekein, to plait, twist; see plek- in Indo-European roots + Greek pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

ple·cop′ter·an adj.


(Animals) a stonefly
(Zoology) entomol relating to the order Plecoptera



n., pl. -flies.
any of numerous dull-colored primitive aquatic insects of the order Plecoptera, having a distinctive flattened body shape: a major food source for game fish.
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Noun1.plecopteran - primitive winged insect with a flattened bodyplecopteran - primitive winged insect with a flattened body; used as bait by fishermen; aquatic gilled larvae are carnivorous and live beneath stones
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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Trichopteran densities remained high through all time periods in the benthic community, while baetid and plecopteran densities peaked during mid-morning and were lower at night.
During the dry season, there were three-fold more plecopteran larvae than during the rainy season.
Insect mitochondrial genomics 2: the complete mithocondrial genome sequence of a giant stonefly, Pteronarcys princeps, asymmetric directional mutation bias, and conserved plecopteran A+T region elements.
Plecopteran shredders, primarily Peltoperlidae and Leuctra spp.