Definition of Hymenoptera in English:


plural noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘They belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps, sawflies, and ichneumons.’
    1. 1.1as plural noun hymenoptera Insects of the order "Hymenoptera".


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek humenopteros ‘membrane-winged’, from humēn ‘membrane’ + pteron ‘wing’.