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 for Diptera
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Diptera \Dip"te*ra\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? with two wings, di-
     = di`s- twice + ? feather, wing: cf. F. dipt[`e]re.] (Zool.)
     An extensive order of insects having only two functional
     wings and two balancers, as the house fly, mosquito, etc.
     They have a suctorial proboscis, often including two pairs of
     sharp organs (mandibles and maxill[ae]) with which they
     pierce the skin of animals. They undergo a complete
     metamorphosis, their larv[ae] (called maggots) being usually
     without feet.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and
           sucking or piercing mouths; includes true flies and
           mosquitoes and gnats and crane flies [syn: Diptera,
           order Diptera]

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