Definition of Heteroptera in English:

Heteroptera

plural noun

Biology
  • 1A group of true bugs comprising those in which the forewings are non-uniform, having a thickened base and membranous tip. The predatory and water bugs belong to this group, as well as many plant bugs.

    Compare with homoptera
    • ‘Insects, such as Hymenoptera, Heteroptera, Coleoptera, Dermaptera, some Diptera, and some Lepidoptera have convergently developed an ability to attach their wings to the body when resting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the Insecta, 29 families in 8 orders were identified, with species of Thysanoptera, Coleoptera, and Heteroptera being the most abundant.’
    • ‘The wekiu bug belongs to the family Lygaeidae within the order of insects known as Heteroptera (true bugs).’
    • ‘Other insects from these sites include Odonata, Blattodea, Isoptera, Dermaptera, Heteroptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Trichoptera, and Diptera are presently documented on the basis of only a relatively few specimens.’
    1. 1.1Bugs of the Heteroptera group.
      ‘in many heteroptera the ganglia are distinct’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek heteros other + pteron wing.

Pronunciation:

Heteroptera

/ˌhɛtəˈrɒpt(ə)rə/