Definitions for: Diptera


[n] a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies



Webster (1913) Definition: Dip"te*ra, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? with two wings, di-
= di`s- twice + ? feather, wing: cf. F. dipt[`e]re.]
(Zo["o]l.)
An extensive order of insects having only two functional
wings and two balancers, as the house fly, mosquito, etc.
They have a suctorial proboscis, often including two pairs of
sharp organs (mandibles and maxill[ae]) with which they
pierce the skin of animals. They undergo a complete
metamorphosis, their larv[ae] (called maggots) being usually
without feet.

Synonyms: order Diptera

See Also: animal order, Asilidae, Bombyliidae, Calliphoridae, Cecidomyidae, class Hexapoda, class Insecta, Cuterebridae, dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, Drosophilidae, family Asilidae, family Bombyliidae, family Calliphoridae, family Cecidomyidae, family Cuterebridae, family Drosophilidae, family Gasterophilidae, family Glossinidae, family Hippoboscidae, family Hypodermatidae, family Muscidae, family Oestridae, family Simuliidae, family Tabanidae, family Tachinidae, family Trephritidae, family Trypetidae, fly, Gasterophilidae, genus Haematobia, Glossinidae, Haematobia, Hexapoda, Hippoboscidae, Hypodermatidae, Insecta, Muscidae, Muscoidea, Nematocera, Oestridae, Simuliidae, suborder Nematocera, superfamily Muscoidea, Tabanidae, Tachinidae, Trephritidae, Trypetidae, two-winged insects

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