neuropteran[no̵o räp′tər ən, nyo̵o-]
any of an order (Neuroptera) of carnivorous insects, including the lacewings and ant lions, with four transparent wings and biting mouthparts
Origin of neuropteran; from Modern Latin Neuroptera (; from neuro- + ptero-) + -an
Any of various insects of the order Neuroptera, having large eyes, chewing mouthparts, and wings with many veins, and including the lacewings and antlions. The order formerly included other groups, such as the dobsonflies.
Origin of neuropteranFrom New Latin Neuroptera, order name : Greek neuron, vein, tendon; see neuron + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing; see –pter.
- neu·rop′ter·an, neu·rop′ter·ous