Definition of Diplura in English:

Diplura

plural noun

Biology
  • An order of small primitive wingless insects which resemble the true bristletails but have two bristles at the end of the abdomen.

    • ‘Similar functions have been proposed for eversible vesicles in other terrestrial arthropods including Diplura and Machilidae.’
    • ‘When nucleotide frequencies were tested within each of the three basal hexapod groups (i.e., within Protura, within Diplura, within Collembola), they were always stationary.’
    • ‘There are huge gaps in the early fossil record, since several basal hexapod groups have not been found at all in the Paleozoic: Protura, Diplura, and Thysanura.’
    • ‘The Parainsecta (springtails and proturans) and Diplura are not true insects, for their numbers of abdominal segments vary.’
    • ‘Neither are the Parainsecta (springtails and proturans) or Diplura true insects, for their numbers of abdominal segments vary.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from di- ‘two’ + Greek pleura side of the body.

Pronunciation:

Diplura

/dɪˈplʊərə/