from The Century Dictionary.

  • An order of the class Insecta, founded by Linnæus in 1748.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun plural (Zoöl.) An order of hexapod insects having two pairs of large, membranous, net-veined wings. The mouth organs are adapted for chewing. They feed upon other insects, and undergo a complete metamorphosis. The ant-lion, hellgamite, and lacewing fly are examples. Formerly, the name was given to a much more extensive group, including the true Neuroptera and the Pseudoneuroptera.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic order within the superorder Neuropterida — the lacewings and related insects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an order of insects including: lacewings; antlions; dobsonflies; alderflies; fish flies; mantispids; spongeflies


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From Ancient Greek νεῦρον (neuron, "sinew, tendon, cord") + πτερόν (pteron, "wing").


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