Definition of Strepsiptera in English:

Strepsiptera

plural noun

Entomology
  • An order of minute parasitic insects which comprises the stylops.

    • ‘Cases that have been studied in this way include the putative attraction of Diptera and Strepsiptera and of mammals and birds and basal relationships of carabid beetles and of yucca moths.’
    • ‘Of the orders recorded with certainty for the first time from Tertiary beds, the Strepsiptera and Siphonaptera may have been relatively late developments, but the others were probably more ancient.’
    • ‘None of the specimens collected at either site showed signs of Strepsiptera parasitism.’
    • ‘The order Strepsiptera are obligate endoparasitic insects that are known to parasitize seven insect orders, including solitary and social Hymenoptera.’
    • ‘The odd group of insects called twisted-wing parasites, or more formally Strepsiptera, is easily overlooked.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek strepsi- (combining form of strephein ‘to turn’) + pteron ‘wing’.

Pronunciation

Strepsiptera

/strɛpˈsɪptərə/