Definition of Heteroptera in US English:

Heteroptera

plural noun

Entomology
  • 1A group of true bugs comprising those 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.

    Suborder Heteroptera, order Hemiptera

    Compare with Homoptera
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the Insecta, 29 families in 8 orders were identified, with species of Thysanoptera, Coleoptera, and Heteroptera being the most abundant.’
    • ‘The wekiu bug belongs to the family Lygaeidae within the order of insects known as Heteroptera (true bugs).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Bugs of the Heteroptera group.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Heteroptera

/ˌhedəˈräptərə/