noun. insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing.
- family Mutillidae
- order Hymenoptera
- hymenopterous insect
- ichneumon fly
- chalcid wasp
Example sentences of the word hymenopteran
1. Noun, singular or mass
Though she's called a fly and her young look like caterpillars, Neodiprion lecontei is actually a hymenopteran -- a close relative of bees, ants and wasps.