Definition of Pterygota in English:

Pterygota

plural noun

Entomology
  • A large group of insects that comprises those that have wings or winged ancestors, including the majority of modern species.

    Subclass Pterygota, class Insecta (or Hexapoda): many orders

    Compare with Apterygota
    • ‘It is possible that Pterygota occurred as early as the Upper Devonian, but, again, there is no evidence for this.’
    • ‘In most insects (the Pterygota) the thorax posses one or two pairs of wings for flying.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek pterugōtos ‘winged’, from pteron, pterug- ‘wing’.

Pronunciation

Pterygota

/ˈtɛrɪɡəʊtə/