Definition of Heteroptera in English:

Heteroptera

plural noun

Entomology
  • 1A group of true bugs in which the forewings are nonuniform, having a thickened base and membranous tip. The predatory and water bugs belong to this group, as well as many plant bugs.

    Compare with Homoptera
    • ‘To date, 10 insect orders, Homoptera, Heteroptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, Odonata, Isoptera, Orthoptera, and Dictyoptera, have been recorded to be hosts of Cordyceps species.’
    • ‘For the Insecta, 29 families in 8 orders were identified, with species of Thysanoptera, Coleoptera, and Heteroptera being the most abundant.’
    • ‘Insects, such as Hymenoptera, Heteroptera, Coleoptera, Dermaptera, some Diptera, and some Lepidoptera have convergently developed an ability to attach their wings to the body when resting.’
    • ‘Other insects from these sites include Odonata, Blattodea, Isoptera, Dermaptera, Heteroptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Trichoptera, and Diptera are presently documented on the basis of only a relatively few specimens.’
    • ‘The wekiu bug belongs to the family Lygaeidae within the order of insects known as Heteroptera (true bugs).’
    1. 1.1 Bugs of the Heteroptera group.

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek heteros ‘other’ + pteron ‘wing’.

Pronunciation

Heteroptera

/ˌhedəˈräptərə/