plecopteran definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Origin: From New Latin Plecoptera, order name : Greek plekein, to plait, twist; see plek- in Indo-European roots + Greek pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
- ple·copˈter·an adjective
plecopteran - Science Definition
Any of various insects of the order Plecoptera, having two pairs of large wings, long antennae, and chewing mouthparts. Plecopterans cannot fly well, and generally have dull coloring that allows them to blend in with their surroundings. Plecopteran nymphs can live up to four years before turning into adults. The stoneflies are plecopterans.