Definition of Embioptera in US English:


  • A small order of insects that comprises the web-spinners.

    • ‘A small brown insect that I first thought might be some type of Plecoptera or Neuroptera quickly revealed itself to be a webspinner (Embioptera).’
    • ‘Embioptera (present-day webspinners) originated in the Carboniferous.’
    • ‘Despite the existence of some Neoptera in the Carboniferous (Blattaria, Orthoptera), it is highly unlikely that Dermaptera, Embioptera, Zoraptera, and ‘higher’ orders in the Neoptera would be any older than Upper Permian.’
    • ‘Significant differences between the two workers concern the position of the Embioptera [a basal neopteran group to Hennig, near the Plecoptera to Rohdendorf], and of the Plecoptera (of uncertain affinities to Hennig).’


Modern Latin (plural), from Embia (genus name) + Greek pteron ‘wing’.