From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Hemiptera \He*mip"te*ra\, noun pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? half + ? wing, fr. ? to fly.] (Zool.) An order of hexapod insects having a jointed proboscis, including four sharp stylets (mandibles and maxill[ae]), for piercing. In many of the species (Heteroptera) the front wings are partially coriaceous, and different from the others.
Note: They are divided into the Heteroptera, including the squash bug, soldier bug, bedbug, etc.; the Homoptera, including the cicadas, cuckoo spits, plant lice, scale insects, etc.; the Thysanoptera, including the thrips, and, according to most recent writers, the Pediculina or true lice. Hemipteral
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