Definition of dipterous in English:

dipterous

adjective

  • 1Biology
    Relating to flies of the order Diptera:

    ‘dipterous larvae’
    • ‘In attempts to reduce the vegetable growers dependence on insecticides for controlling root-feeding dipterous pests a concerted effort has been made to develop alternative control measures.’
    • ‘The feeding tunnels and oviposition punctures of dipterous miners are unsightly and objectionable in crops destined for market.’
    • ‘In The Fly, protagonist Seth Brundle undergoes a dipterous metamorphosis that begins to change his voice.’
  • 2Botany
    Having two wing-like appendages.

Origin

Late 18th century: from modern Latin dipterus (from Greek dipteros two-winged) + -ous.

Pronunciation

dipterous

/ˈdɪpt(ə)rəs/