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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. 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;
[syn: Diptera, order Diptera]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Diptera \Dip"te*ra\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? with two wings, di- = di`s- twice + ? feather, wing: cf. F. dipt[`e]re.] (Zool.) 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Diptera n 1: 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 [syn: Diptera, order Diptera]