Definition of Mecoptera in English:

Mecoptera

plural noun

Biology
  • An order of insects that comprises the scorpion flies.

    • ‘On the other hand, there was diverse evolution within the surviving orders, the Neuroptera, Mecoptera, and Diptera, and Coleoptera being notable examples.’
    • ‘We have isolated and characterized the first LW opsin genes from two orders: Mecoptera and Siphonaptera.’
    • ‘We disagree with the new classification of raptiped Mecoptera proposed by Bechly and Schweigert because of a different interpretation of the relationships of some fossil and recent genera.’
    • ‘Additional specimens of Mecoptera are housed in the collections of the Maine State Forest Service, Insect and Disease Laboratory in Augusta; however, these specimens have not been identified.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek mēkos length + pteron wing.

Pronunciation:

Mecoptera

/məˈkɒptərə/