WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
der•map•ter•an  (dər maptər ən),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. InsectsAlso,  der•mapter•ous. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Dermaptera, comprising the earwigs.

  1. Insectsany of numerous brown to black, small to medium-sized nocturnal insects of the order Dermaptera, widely distributed in warm, moist areas, characterized by a slender, elongated, flattened body with pincerlike appendages at the tail end of the abdomen.
  • Greek dermóptera (see dermopteran), or a deliberate alteration of Dermoptera to keep the taxa distinct) + -an
  • Neo-Latin Dermapter(a) (irregularly
  • 1860–65


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