One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of insects that comprises the fleas.
- ‘The Stewart Siphonaptera collection was accessioned by the Essig Museum upon Dr. Stewart's death in 1961, now making up essentially our entire holdings of Siphonaptera.’
- ‘Sixteen species of Siphonaptera are sampled and identified.’
- ‘The name Siphonaptera is derived from the Greek words ‘siphon’ meaning a tube or pipe and ‘aptera’ meaning wingless.’
- ‘Of the orders recorded with certainty for the first time from Tertiary beds, the Strepsiptera and Siphonaptera may have been relatively late developments, but the others were probably more ancient.’
- ‘Mecoptera and Siphonaptera represent two insect orders that have largely been overlooked in the study of insect vision.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek siphōn ‘tube’ + apteros ‘wingless’.
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