Definition of Phthiraptera in English:

Phthiraptera

plural noun

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

    • ‘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 hemipteroid assemblage has four orders of insects: Hemiptera (bugs, cicadas, whiteflies, aphids, etc.), Phthiraptera, Psocoptera (psocids, book lice, and bark lice), and Thysanoptera (thrips).’
    • ‘The Hemiptera (bugs, cicadas, whiteflies, aphids, etc.), the Thysanoptera, the Psocoptera (psocids, book lice, and bark lice), and the Phthiraptera form the hemipteroid assemblage.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Phthiraptera

/(f)θɪˈraptərə/