Composition of Scientific Words - Botanical and Entomological


Abbreviations: Gr = Greek, L = Latin

A
 
 
B
blattodea = L. blatta (an insect that shuns the light)
 
C
coleoptera = Gr. koleos (sheath) + pteron (wing)
 
D
dermaptera = Gr. derma (skin) + pteron (wing)
dioecious = Gr. di-oikos(dwelling) + L. osus(full of)
diptera = Gr. dis (twice) + pteron (wing)
 
E

ephemeroptera = Gr. ephemeros (lasting a day) + pteron (wing)

 

F

 

G

 

H

hemiptera = Gr. hemi (half) + pteron (wing)

hymenoptera = Gr. hymen (membrane) + pteron (wing)

 

I

isopoda = Gr. isos (equal) + pous (foot)

isoptera = Gr. isos (equal) + pteron (wing)

 

J

 

K

 

L

lepidoptera = lepis (scale) + pteron (wing)

 

M

mantodea =

 

N

neuroptera = Gr. neuro (nerve) + pteron (wing)

 
 
 

O

odonata = Gr. odous (tooth)

orthoptera = Gr. orthos (straight) + pteron (wing)

 

P

phasmatodea = Gr. phasma (ghost)
pseudoscorpionida = Gr. pseudo (false)
psocoptera = Gr. psocus (biting) + pteron (wing)
 

Q

 

R

rubripes = rubri (red) + pes (foot)
 
 
S
 
T
thysanura = Gr. thysanos (fringe) + oura (tail)
timolis = personal name in Greek
tricoptera = Gr. thrix (hair) + pteron (wing)
 
U
 
V
 
W
 
X
 
Y
 
Z