Definition of Isoptera in English:

Isoptera

proper noun

Biology
  • An order of insects that comprises the termites.

    • ‘Sociality has evolved multiple times, most notably in the Hymenoptera and Isoptera.’
    • ‘In Isoptera and Hymenoptera, such as ants, eusocial bees, and wasps, individuals permanently forego their own reproduction for helping others.’
    • ‘Isoptera are believed to have evolved from wood-eating Blattaria.’
    • ‘Treeswifts hunt opportunistically and frequently feed on Isoptera and Coleoptera (beetles).’
    • ‘Insects in the order Isoptera, are better known for eating timber than for being eaten themselves.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek isos equal + pteron wing.

Pronunciation:

Isoptera

/īˈsäptərə/