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Meaning of dermapteran

der•map•ter•an

Pronunciation: (dur-map'tur-un), [key]
— adj.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Dermaptera, comprising the earwigs.
—n.
  1. any 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.
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