Definition of Pterygota in English:

Pterygota

Pronunciation /ˌterəˈɡōdə/ /ˌtɛrəˈɡoʊdə/

plural noun

Entomology
  • A large group of insects that comprises those that have wings or winged ancestors, including the majority of modern species.

    Subclass Pterygota, class Insecta (or Hexapoda): many orders

    ‘In most insects (the Pterygota) the thorax posses one or two pairs of wings for flying.’
    Compare with Apterygota
    ‘It is possible that Pterygota occurred as early as the Upper Devonian, but, again, there is no evidence for this.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek pterugōtos ‘winged’, from pteron, pterug- ‘wing’.

Pronunciation

Pterygota

/ˌterəˈɡōdə/ /ˌtɛrəˈɡoʊdə/