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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]: 
  Lepidoptera  \Lep`i*dop"te*ra\  (-d[o^]p"t[-e]*r[.a]),  n.  pl 
  [NL.,  fr  Gr  lepi`s  -i`dos,  a  scale  +  ptero`n  a  feather, 
  wing.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  An  order  of  insects,  which  includes  the  butterflies  and 
  moths.  They  have  broad  wings,  covered  with  minute  overlapping 
  scales,  usually  brightly  colored. 
  Note:  They  have  a  tubular  proboscis,  or  haustellum,  formed  by 
  the  two  slender  maxill[ae].  The  labial  palpi  are 
  usually  large  and  the  proboscis,  when  not  in  use  can 
  be  coiled  up  spirally  between  them  The  mandibles  are 
  rudimentary.  The  larv[ae],  called  caterpillars,  are 
  often  brightly  colored,  and  they  commonly  feed  on 
  leaves.  The  adults  feed  chiefly  on  the  honey  of 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  moths  and  butterflies  [syn:  {Lepidoptera},  {order 

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