Definition of orthopteran in English:



  • An insect of the order "Orthoptera", such as a grasshopper or cricket.

    • ‘More than half of the arthropods were spiders, followed by coleopterans, orthopterans, and homopterans.’
    • ‘Thus, they appear to be specialized morphologically and their long, deep bill may facilitate the capture of large, fleeing prey (e.g. spiders, orthopterans, and geckos) that are uncovered under the leaf litter.’
    • ‘Cicadas, orthopterans (crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers), and anurans (frogs and toads) are among the animals that Darwin described as having ‘musical powers.’’
    • ‘Indeed, I have not seen a smooth green snake in southern Michigan in the past twenty-five years and wonder if it is not because pesticides have killed off the little orthopteran insects and spiders that are the mainstay of this snake's diet.’
    • ‘These include large numbers of cockroaches, crickets, other orthopterans and large moths, as well as geckos and other lizards.’


  • Relating to or denoting orthopterans.

    • ‘The body fossil record of arthropods in the Chinle Formation is limited to beetle elytra and a few poorly preserved wings of orthopteran insects.’
    • ‘Signal duration and pulse rate are important for female choice, for example, in orthopteran calls but also in some other insects, and even in spiders.’
    • ‘In other orthopteran species (Tettigoniidae), the duration of ampulla attachment is correlated with female intercopulatory interval.’
    • ‘To ensure that we used biologically meaningful parameter estimates in our model, we used literature values for orthopteran species whenever possible.’
    • ‘Orthopteran weight was significantly correlated with blueness on the rump but not with blueness on the breast.’