Definition of Dictyoptera in English:


plural noun

  • An order of insects that comprises the cockroaches and mantises. They have a somewhat flattened form, two pairs of wings, and long spiky legs.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The earwigs comprise an order of polyneopterous insects allied to the Dictyoptera and Grylloblattodea.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek diktuon net + pteron wing.