• WordNet 3.6
    • n Heteroptera true bugs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Heteroptera (Zoöl) A suborder of Hemiptera, in which the base of the anterior wings is thickened. See Hemiptera.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Heteroptera One of the two prime divisions of hemipterous insects founded by Latreille (1817). It is a suborder of Hemiptera, contrasted with Homoptera, from which it differs in the horizontal posture of the head, which is socketed in a hollow of the prothorax, and has a usually 4-jointed rostrum at the tip, and in the structure and position of the wings, which lie flat on the back, and are composed of three recognizable parts, the corium, the clavus, and the membrana (the last being veined and overlapping its fellow), with sometimes a fourth piece, the cuneus, at the end of the corium. The Heteroptera are those insects to which the popular term bug is specially applicable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Heteroptera het-e-rop′te-ra a sub-order of Hemiptera
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. other + a wing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. heteros, other, pteron, a wing.


In literature:

Cimicine: an oily fluid of disagreeable odor secreted by certain Heteroptera and used as a means of defense.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
These papers are based on a study of many species of the Hemiptera heteroptera.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis" by Nettie Maria Stevens
The Heteroptera cannot exactly be said either to sting or bite.
"On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects" by Sir John Lubbock
There are also very many different sorts of Heteroptera, including the numerous family Notonectidae.
"Old Flies in New Dresses" by Charles Edward Walker
The order is divided into two sub-orders, the Heteroptera and the Homoptera.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various