Definition of Notonecta in English:

Notonecta

noun

Entomology
  • A predatory aquatic bug of the genus Notonecta (family Notonectidae), which swims on its back propelled by its long back legs; a backswimmer.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Rowland (fl. c1658). In some forms from post-classical Latin notonectum from noto- + Hellenistic Greek νήκτης swimmer. In β form from scientific Latin Notonecta, alteration of post-classical Latin Notonectum.

Pronunciation

Notonecta

/nəʊtəˈnɛktə/