Definition of Siphonaptera in English:

Siphonaptera

proper noun

Biology
  • An order of insects that comprises the fleas.

    • ‘The name Siphonaptera is derived from the Greek words ‘siphon’ meaning a tube or pipe and ‘aptera’ meaning wingless.’
    • ‘Mecoptera and Siphonaptera represent two insect orders that have largely been overlooked in the study of insect vision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sixteen species of Siphonaptera are sampled and identified.’
    • ‘The Stewart Siphonaptera collection was accessioned by the Essig Museum upon Dr. Stewart's death in 1961, now making up essentially our entire holdings of Siphonaptera.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek siphōn tube + apteros wingless.

Pronunciation:

Siphonaptera

/ˌsīfəˈnaptərə/