Definitions for: Coleoptera

[n] beetles

Webster (1913) Definition: Co`le*op"te*ra, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ?
sheath-winged; ? sheath + ? wing.] (Zo["o]l.)
An order of insects having the anterior pair of wings
(elytra) hard and horny, and serving as coverings for the
posterior pair, which are membranous, and folded transversely
under the others when not in use. The mouth parts form two
pairs of jaws (mandibles and maxill[ae]) adapted for chewing.
Most of the Coleoptera are known as beetles and weevils.

Synonyms: order Coleoptera

See Also: animal order, Anobiidae, beetle, Bruchidae, Carabidae, Cerambycidae, Chrysomelidae, Cicindelidae, class Hexapoda, class Insecta, Cleridae, Coccinellidae, Curculionidae, Dermestidae, Dytiscidae, Elateridae, family Anobiidae, family Bruchidae, family Carabidae, family Cerambycidae, family Chrysomelidae, family Cicindelidae, family Cleridae, family Coccinellidae, family Curculionidae, family Dermestidae, family Dytiscidae, family Elateridae, family Gyrinidae, family Ipidae, family Lampyridae, family Meloidae, family Scolytidae, family Staphylinidae, family Tenebrionidae, Gyrinidae, Hexapoda, Insecta, Ipidae, Lamellicornia, Lampyridae, Meloidae, Scolytidae, Staphylinidae, superfamily Lamellicornia, Tenebrionidae

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