One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
With singular concord: a former order of insects resembling neuropterans but undergoing incomplete metamorphosis, which included mayflies, dragonflies, termites, etc. Treated as plural: insects of this order collectively.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the American Entomological Society. From scientific Latin Pseudoneuroptera, former order name (attributed to W. F. Erichson 1840) from pseudo- + Neuroptera.
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