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Definition of diptera:

  1. An extensive order of insects having only two functional wings and two balancers, as the house fly, mosquito, etc. They have a suctorial proboscis, often including two pairs of sharp organs ( mandibles and maxillae) with which they pierce the skin of animals. They undergo a complete metamorphosis, their larvae ( called maggots) being usually without feet.

Synonyms:

order Diptera.

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