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 mecopteranfrom 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 Mēcoptera order name Greek mēkos length ; see māk- in Indo-European roots.Greek ptera pl. of pteron wing ; see pet- in Indo-European roots.