any of a large order (Orthoptera) of mostly plant-eating insects, including crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids, having chewing mouthparts and narrow, hard forewings that cover membranous hind wings in most species, and undergoing gradual metamorphosis
Origin of orthopteranfrom Modern Latin Orthoptera from ortho- + Classical Greek pteron, wing, feather
Any of numerous insects of the order Orthoptera, having mouthparts that are adapted for chewing, usually two pairs of wings with thickened front wings and folded hind wings, and often enlarged hind legs. Orthopterans include the grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids.
Origin of orthopteranFrom New Latin Orthoptera order name Greek ortho- ortho- Greek ptera neuter pl. of pteron wing ; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
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