One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to flies of the order "Diptera"
- ‘The feeding tunnels and oviposition punctures of dipterous miners are unsightly and objectionable in crops destined for market.’
- ‘In attempts to reduce the vegetable growers dependence on insecticides for controlling root-feeding dipterous pests a concerted effort has been made to develop alternative control measures.’
- ‘In The Fly, protagonist Seth Brundle undergoes a dipterous metamorphosis that begins to change his voice.’
Having two winglike appendages.
Late 18th century: from modern Latin dipterus (from Greek dipteros ‘two-winged’) + -ous.
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