Pronunciation key

( diptẽr-ə )



[Mod. L. < Gr. dipteros; see DIPTEROUS].

Classification of insects which includes gnats, houseflies, mosquitos and soforth, characterized by having only one pair of membranous wings.

Taxonomic Hierarchy
diptera, gnat
A gnat is classified in the order Diptera.
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Arthropoda – arthropods
Subphylum Hexapoda – hexapods
Class Insecta – insects, hexapoda
Subclass Pterygota – winged insects
Infraclass Neoptera – modern, wing-folding insects
Order Diptera – mosca, mosquito, gnats, mosquitoes, true flies
Direct Children:
Suborder Brachycera – circular-seamed flies, muscoid flies, short-horned flies
Suborder Nematocera – long-horned flies

dip•ter•on ( diptẽr-on′ )


[Gr. dipteron, neut. of dipteros; see DIPTEROUS].

An insect with the dipterous feature.

dip•ter•ous ( diptẽr-əs )


[Gr. dipteros having two wings < di-, two + pteron, a wing]

  1. Some insects which are uniquely characterized by having only two wings or, in other species which have two winglike structures in their anatomy such as some varieties of seeds.
  2. A member of the order Diptera.

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Diptera, Taxonomic Serial No.: 118831
  • Home » Flies » Flies Pictures
  • Facts, Identification & Control
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