- Also neu·rop·ter·on. a neuropterous insect.
noun plural -terans, -terons or -tera (-tərə)
- any neuropterous insect
- Any of various carnivorous insects of the order Neuroptera, having four net-veined wings and mouthparts adapted for chewing. Neuropterans include the lacewings and antlions. Formerly, the dobsonflies and alderflies, now classified as a separate order Megaloptera, and the snakeflies, now classified as the order Raphidiodea, were considered neuropterans.