1. [syn: Neuroptera, order Neuroptera]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Neuroptera \Neu*rop"te*ra\ (n[-u]*r[o^]p"t[-e]*r[.a]), prop. n.
pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ney^ron nerve + ptero`n a wing, fr.
pte`sqai to fly.] (Zool.)
An order of hexapod insects having two pairs of large,
membranous, net-veined wings. The mouth organs are adapted
for chewing. They feed upon other insects, and undergo a
complete metamorphosis. The ant-lion, hellgamite, and
lacewing fly are examples. Formerly, the name was given to a
much more extensive group, including the true Neuroptera
and the Pseudoneuroptera.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an order of insects including: lacewings; antlions;
dobsonflies; alderflies; fish flies; mantispids;
spongeflies [syn: Neuroptera, order Neuroptera]