Or·thop·te·ra prop. n. pl. Zool. An order of mandibulate insects including grasshoppers, locusts, cockroaches, mantids, crickets, katydids, etc. See Illust. under Insect.
Note: ☞ The anterior wings are usually thickened and protect the membranous posterior wings, which are larger and fold longitudinally like a fan. They also have chewing mouth parts. The Orthoptera undergo no metamorphosis.
n : grasshoppers and locusts; crickets [syn: order Orthoptera]
n : any of various insects having leathery forewings and
membranous hind wings and chewing mouthparts [syn: orthopterous
[also: orthoptera (pl)]