Definition of Anoplura in US English:


plural noun

  • An order of insects that comprises the sucking lice.

    See also Phthiraptera
    Also called Siphunculata
    • ‘The Anoplura have, so far as is known, no insects which are parasitic upon them and probably very few enemies, except their hosts.’
    • ‘Up to date, no Anoplura of this family of Carnivora were known in Argentina.’
    • ‘This is a sucking louse, order Anoplura, and is a blood feeder on mammals.’
    • ‘Morphological and molecular evidence strongly support the view that the Anoplura and Rhyncophthirina are sister taxa, and that they are closer to Ischnocera than the latter two are to the more primitive Amblycera.’


Modern Latin (plural), from anoplos ‘unarmed’ + oura ‘tail’.