Homoptera

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Homoptera plant lice (aphids); whiteflies; cicadas; leafhoppers; plant hoppers; scale insects and mealybugs; spittle insects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Homoptera (Zoöl) A suborder of Hemiptera, in which both pairs of wings are similar in texture, and do not overlap when folded, as in the cicada. See Hemiptera.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Homoptera One of the two prime divisions of hemipterous insects founded by Latreille in 1817; a suborder of Hemiptera, contrasted with Heteroptera. It contains a very large number of bugs of the greatest diversity in form, normally with large wings, and hemielytra of like texture throughout (whence the name), which are usually folded in a slanting direction. They have a blunt face with inferior rostrum, eyes and ocelli usually present, antennæ commonly inserted in a depression below the eyes, and legs adapted for either walking or leaping. The group is often elevated to the rank of an order. It is principally composed of the Cicadariœ, of which the families are numerous, as Cicadidœ, Fulgoridœ, Membracidœ, Cercopidœ, etc.; but it contains also the aphids or plant-lice, the coccids or scale-insects, the Aleurodidœ, and Psyllidœ, which are often grouped under the name Phytophthiria.
    • Homoptera A group coextensive with the preceding, except that the Phytophthiria are excluded. Auchenorhynchi is a synonym of Homoptera in this sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Homoptera hom-op′tėr-a an order of insects having two pair of wings uniform throughout
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. the same, like + wing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. homos, the same, pteron, a wing.

Usage

In literature:

Once they tried him on the rarer British hemipterous homoptera, but soon discovered that he was a very fair entomologist.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
Anal style: a slender process on or within the terminal segment of the abdomen in Homoptera.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
I have not found any well-marked cases of ornamental differences between the sexes of the Homoptera.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin
The Homoptera agree with the Heteroptera in the structure of the mouth, and in the metamorphoses.
"On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects" by Sir John Lubbock
The order is divided into two sub-orders, the Heteroptera and the Homoptera.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
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