Definition of dipteran in English:



  • An insect of the large order "Diptera"; a fly.

    • ‘However, only one non-Drosophila Adh gene has been sequenced so far, that of the flesh fly Sarcophaga peregrina, a higher dipteran quite divergent from Drosophila.’
    • ‘Asynchronous flight muscle occurs in several of the more speciose insect orders, including beetles, true bugs, wasps and bees, and dipteran flies.’
    • ‘These aquatic larvae, often ephemeropterans or dipterans, are readily available in the lower water column and interstitial spaces that these juveniles inhabit.’
    • ‘The similarity is higher between the dipteran species than between the dipteran species and the lepidopteran B. mori.’
    • ‘In contrast to the long and heavy wings of many Lepidoptera, relative wing size is much lower in dipterans and hymenopterans, and presumably in other insect taxa characterized by high wingbeat frequencies.’


  • Relating to or denoting dipterans.

    • ‘The results indicated at least one LW gene duplication event before the diversification of mantodean, orthopteran, dipteran, hymenopteran, and lepidopteran orders.’
    • ‘The minimum time estimate for this is before the radiation of lepidopteran, dipteran, hymenopteran, orthopteran, and mantodean orders.’