any of a large order (Diptera) of insects, including the true flies, mosquitoes, and gnats, usually having one pair of functional, membranous wings and a vestigial second pair used as a balancing organ
Origin of dipteranfrom Modern Latin Diptera from neuter plural of Classical Greek dipteros: see dipterous
Any of numerous insects of the order Diptera, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings and a pair of club-shaped balancing organs, and including the housefly and the mosquitoes.
Origin of dipteranFrom New Latin Diptera order name from Greek dipteros having two wings di- two ; see di- 1. pteron wing ; see -pter .
- Alternative form of dipterous.
Diptera + -an or di- + -pteran.