<zoology> An order of mandibulate insects including grasshoppers, locusts, cockroaches, etc.

The anterior wings are usually thickened and protect the posterior wings, which are larger and fold longitudinally like a fan. The Orthoptera undergo no metamorphosis.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Straight + feather, wing.

(01 Mar 1998)

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