Orthopteran definition

ôr-thŏptər-ən
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.
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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.
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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.
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(zoology) Any of many insects of the order Orthoptera.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
orthopteran
Plural:
orthopterans

Origin of orthopteran

  • From New Latin Orthoptera order name Greek ortho- ortho- Greek ptera neuter pl. of pteron wing pet- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition