[ no̵o räp] ′tər ən, nyo̵o- neuropteran definition by Webster's New World
any of an order (Neuroptera) of carnivorous insects, including the lacewings and ant lions, with four transparent wings and biting mouthparts
Origin: ; from Modern Latin Neuroptera (; from neuro- plush ptero-) plush -an Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
neuropteran definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A carnivorous insect of the order Neuroptera, such as the ant lion or dobsonfly, having four net-veined wings and mouthparts adapted for chewing.
Of or belonging to the Neuroptera.
Origin: From New Latin Neuroptera, order name : Greek neuron, vein, tendon; see neuron + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing; see -pter. Related Forms: neu·ropˈter·ous adjective The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. neuropteran - Science Definition
Any of various carnivorous insects of the order Neuroptera, having four net-veined wings and mouthparts adapted for chewing. Neuropterans include the lacewings and antlions. Formerly, the dobsonflies and alderflies, now classified as a separate order Megaloptera, and the snakeflies, now classified as the order Raphidiodea, were considered neuropterans.