Meaning of Siphonaptera in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsʌɪfəˈnapt(ə)rə/

plural noun

  • An order of insects that comprises the fleas.

    ‘Mecoptera and Siphonaptera represent two insect orders that have largely been overlooked in the study of insect vision.’
    • ‘Of the orders recorded with certainty for the first time from Tertiary beds, the Strepsiptera and Siphonaptera may have been relatively late developments, but the others were probably more ancient.’
    • ‘The name Siphonaptera is derived from the Greek words ‘siphon’ meaning a tube or pipe and ‘aptera’ meaning wingless.’
    • ‘Sixteen species of Siphonaptera are sampled and identified.’
    • ‘The Stewart Siphonaptera collection was accessioned by the Essig Museum upon Dr. Stewart's death in 1961, now making up essentially our entire holdings of Siphonaptera.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek siphōn ‘tube’ + apteros ‘wingless’.