Definition of Anisoptera in English:


plural noun

  • A group of insects which comprises the dragonflies.

    Suborder Anisoptera, order Odonata

    Compare with Zygoptera
    • ‘The Order Odonata is subdivided into two suborders: damselflies and dragonflies (Anisoptera).’
    • ‘Dragonflies (Anisoptera) belong to the order Odonata. Odonata means "toothed,” and refers to the toothed mandibles of these carnivorous insects.’
    • ‘They have two pairs of almost equal-sized glassy wings [Anisoptera means ‘unequal wings’] and their compound eyes have up to 30,000 facets.’
    • ‘The Anisoptera have stout bodies, with the head usually narrower than the thorax and abdomen. They do not have caudal tracheal gills like the Zygoptera.’
    • ‘The larvae of Anisoptera are distinguished from that of Zygoptera by a more robust shape, such that the thorax and abdomen are generally wider than the head.’
    • ‘Depending on the author's preferences, dragonflies, Anisoptera, are subdivided into 6-15 families.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek anisos ‘unequal’ + pteron ‘wing’.