[hahy-muh-nop-ter-uh n] /ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər ən/

noun, plural hymenoptera
[hahy-muh-nop-ter-ter-uh] /ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər tər ə/ (Show IPA)

order of insects that includes ants, wasps, and bees, 1773, coined in Modern Latin 1748 by Linnæus from Greek hymen (genitive hymenos) “membrane” (see hymen) + pteron “wing” (see pterodactyl). Related: Hymenopterous.


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