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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insecta  \In*sec"ta\,  n.  pl  [NL.  See  {Insect}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  One  of  the  classes  of  Arthropoda,  including 
  those  that  have  one  pair  of  antenn[ae],  three  pairs  of 
  mouth  organs,  and  breathe  air  by  means  of  trache[ae], 
  opening  by  spiracles  along  the  sides  of  the  body.  In  this 
  sense  it  includes  the  Hexapoda,  or  six-legged  insects  and 
  the  Myriapoda,  with  numerous  legs.  See  {Insect},  n. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  In  a  more  restricted  sense  the  Hexapoda  alone. 
  See  {Hexapoda}. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  In  the  most  general  sense  the  Hexapoda, 
  Myriapoda,  and  Arachnoidea,  combined. 
 
  Note:  The  typical  Insecta,  or  hexapod  insects,  are  divided 
  into  several  orders  viz.:  {Hymenoptera},  as  the  bees 
  and  ants;  {Diptera},  as  the  common  flies  and  gnats; 
  {Aphaniptera},  or  fleas;  {Lepidoptera},  or  moths  and 
  butterflies;  {Neuroptera},  as  the  ant-lions  and 
  hellgamite;  {Coleoptera},  or  beetles;  {Hemiptera},  as 
  bugs,  lice,  aphids;  {Orthoptera},  as  grasshoppers  and 
  cockroaches;  {Pseudoneuroptera},  as  the  dragon  flies 
  and  termites;  {Euplexoptera},  or  earwings;  {Thysanura}, 
  as  the  springtails,  podura,  and  lepisma.  See  these 
  words  in  the  Vocabulary. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coleoptera  \Co`le*op"te*ra\,  n.  pl  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ? 
  sheath-winged;  ?  sheath  +  ?  wing.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  An  order  of  insects  having  the  anterior  pair  of  wings 
  (elytra)  hard  and  horny,  and  serving  as  coverings  for  the 
  posterior  pair,  which  are  membranous,  and  folded  transversely 
  under  the  others  when  not  in  use  The  mouth  parts  form  two 
  pairs  of  jaws  (mandibles  and  maxill[ae])  adapted  for  chewing. 
  Most  of  the  Coleoptera  are  known  as  beetles  and  weevils. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Coleoptera 
  n  :  beetles  [syn:  {Coleoptera},  {order  Coleoptera}] 




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