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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.’
Having two wing-like appendages.
Late 18th century: from modern Latin dipterus (from Greek dipteros two-winged) + -ous.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.