Definition of Siphonaptera in US English:


  • An order of insects that comprises the fleas.

    • ‘Mecoptera and Siphonaptera represent two insect orders that have largely been overlooked in the study of insect vision.’
    • ‘Sixteen species of Siphonaptera are sampled and identified.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The name Siphonaptera is derived from the Greek words ‘siphon’ meaning a tube or pipe and ‘aptera’ meaning wingless.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek siphōn ‘tube’ + apteros ‘wingless’.