from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having four wings, as a fruit or stem (see wing); tetrapteran.

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

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having four wings.

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  • adjective entomology Having four (two pairs of) wings


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  • Of creatures that can fly and are bloodless some are coleopterous or sheath-winged, for they have their wings in a sheath or shard, like the cockchafer and the dung-beetle; others are sheathless, and of these latter some are dipterous and some tetrapterous: tetrapterous, such as are comparatively large or have their stings in the tail, dipterous, such as are comparatively small or have their stings in front.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • Some insects are dipterous or double-winged, as the fly; others are tetrapterous or furnished with four wings, as the bee; and, by the way, no insect with only two wings has a sting in the rear.

    The History of Animals 2002


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  • Say it 10 times fast. It means having four wings & it's our word for the day.

    July 8, 2007

  • Yikes. Too early in the morning to try this one! Think I need more coffee first....

    July 9, 2007