Meaning of dipterous in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪpt(ə)rəs/


  • 1Entomology
    Relating to flies of the order Diptera.

    ‘dipterous larvae’
    • ‘In The Fly, protagonist Seth Brundle undergoes a dipterous metamorphosis that begins to change his voice.’
    • ‘The feeding tunnels and oviposition punctures of dipterous miners are unsightly and objectionable in crops destined for market.’
    • ‘In attempts to reduce the vegetable growers dependence on insecticides for controlling root-feeding dipterous pests a concerted effort has been made to develop alternative control measures.’
  • 2Botany
    Having two winglike appendages.


Late 18th century from modern Latin dipterus (from Greek dipteros ‘two-winged’) + -ous.