One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large order of insects that includes the bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies. These insects have four transparent wings and the females typically have a sting.
- ‘Flowers are visited by a diverse pollinator assemblage comprising Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera and Coleoptera.’
- ‘And ants are in the order Hymenoptera, which is the same order as wasps and bees.’
- ‘They belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps, sawflies, and ichneumons.’
- ‘Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera were the most represented orders in terms of the number of species observed.’
- ‘They frequently feed on Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants), Diptera (true flies), Hemiptera (true bugs) and Coleoptera (beetles).’
- 1.1as plural noun hymenoptera Insects of the order Hymenoptera.
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek humenopteros ‘membrane-winged’, from humēn ‘membrane’ + pteron ‘wing’.
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