[[t]nʊˈrɒp tər ən, nyʊ-[/t]] n.
1) ent any insect of the order Neuroptera, characterized by four net-veined wings: includes the lacewings and ant lions
2) ent Also, neu•rop′ter•ous. belonging or pertaining to the neuropterans
Etymology: 1835–45; < NL Neuropter(a), neut. pl. of neuropterus nerve-winged (see neuro-, -pterous) + -an I

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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