One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of insects that comprises the cockroaches and mantises. They have a somewhat flattened form, two pairs of wings, and long spiky legs.
- ‘The earwigs comprise an order of polyneopterous insects allied to the Dictyoptera and Grylloblattodea.’
- ‘Cockroaches, termites, and mantids form the well-accepted monophyletic group Dictyoptera.’
- ‘But, morphological and molecular evidence indicates that monophyly of the Dictyoptera is well defined.’
- ‘Rohdendorf and Hennig both hypothesized a relationship of the Dermaptera to the Dictyoptera (cockroaches, mantises, and termites).’
- ‘To date, 10 insect orders, Homoptera, Heteroptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, Odonata, Isoptera, Orthoptera, and Dictyoptera, have been recorded to be hosts of Cordyceps species.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek diktuon ‘net’ + pteron ‘wing’.
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