Definition of Phthiraptera in English:

Phthiraptera

plural noun

Biology
  • An order of insects that is sometimes applied, comprising both the sucking lice and the biting lice.

    Anoplura
    and → Mallophaga
    • ‘Rearranged mt genomes have not been found in the Hemiptera, but have been found in all species studied from the Phthiraptera, Psocoptera, and Thysanoptera.’
    • ‘The Hemiptera (bugs, cicadas, whiteflies, aphids, etc.), the Thysanoptera, the Psocoptera (psocids, book lice, and bark lice), and the Phthiraptera form the hemipteroid assemblage.’
    • ‘The hemipteroid assemblage has four orders of insects: Hemiptera (bugs, cicadas, whiteflies, aphids, etc.), Phthiraptera, Psocoptera (psocids, book lice, and bark lice), and Thysanoptera (thrips).’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek phtheir louse + pteron wing.

Pronunciation:

Phthiraptera

/(f)θɪˈraptərə/