Definition of Pterygota in English:


Pronunciation /ˌterəˈɡōdə/ /ˌtɛrəˈɡoʊdə/

plural noun

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

    Compare with Apterygota

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

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


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