Definition of trichopteran in English:

trichopteran

noun

Entomology
  • An insect of the order "Trichoptera" ; a caddis fly.

    • ‘Both the lepidopteran and the trichopteran branches are relatively long and share a common node, a different situation from the plecopteran and the collembolan branches.’
    • ‘Young feed on planktonic cladocerans, copepods, ostracods, and mites; chironomid, trichopteran and ephemeropteran larvae; and bottom ooze.’
    • ‘Many trichopteran larvae build moveable cases out of sticks, leaves, reed stems or sand grains, while the free-living species generally construct silken nets or retreats underwater.’
    • ‘One trichopteran family that is unknown from the Messel sediments has been identified from the intestinal contents.’
    • ‘Epiphytic algae appear to underpin much of the production in the littoral zone of this oligotrophic lake, with trichopteran and chironomid larvae mediating carbon flows from algae to fish.’

adjective

Entomology
  • Relating to or denoting trichopterans.

    • ‘Foods eaten include trichopteran larvae, tendepedid larvae, cladocerans, isopods, crayfish, and copepods.’
    • ‘Moreover, it was also found that ephemeropteran species dominated spring and summer diets, while trichopteran species prevailed in winter.’
    • ‘Some Trichopteran species construct tubular retreats along the surfaces of rocks or within stream bed sediments.’

Pronunciation

trichopteran

/trʌɪˈkɒpt(ə)rən/