any of a large, highly specialized order (Hymenoptera) of insects, including wasps, bees, and ants, having complete metamorphosis and often living in social colonies: the insect has a biting or sucking mouth and, when winged, four membranous wings
Origin of hymenopteranfrom Modern Latin from Classical Greek hymenopteros, membrane-winged from hym?n, membrane (see hymen) + pteron, a wing (see ptero-) + -an
of or belonging to the hymenopterans
Any of numerous insects of the order Hymenoptera, including the bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies, often living in complex social groups and characteristically having two pairs of membranous wings.
Origin of hymenopteranFrom New Latin Hymenoptera order name from Greek humenopteros membrane-winged humēn membrane ; see hymen . pteron wing ; see -pter .
- hy′me·nop′ter·an hy′me·nop′ter·ous
(comparative more hymenopteran, superlative most hymenopteran)
- Characteristic of these insects.