any of an order (Mecoptera) of carnivorous insects, with a head that is greatly elongated into a beak with chewing mouthparts, and, usually, four long, narrow, membranous wings; scorpion fly
Origin of mecopteran; from Modern Latin Mecoptera ; from Classical Greek m?kos, length (for Indo-European base see meager) + pter(o)- + -an
Any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera, which includes the scorpionflies, characterized by long membranous wings and an elongated beaklike head having chewing mouthparts at the tip.
Origin of mecopteranFrom New Latin M&emacron;coptera, order name : Greek m&emacron;kos, length; see mak- in Indo-European roots + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.