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 dipteran; from 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.