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

  Hymenoptera \Hy`me*nop"te*ra\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ?
     membrane-winged; ? skin, membrane + ? wing.] (Zool.)
     An extensive order of insects, including the bees, ants,
     ichneumons, sawflies, etc.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: They have four membranous wings, with few
           reticulations, and usually with a thickened, dark spot
           on the front edge of the anterior wings. In most of the
           species, the tongue, or lingua, is converted into an
           organ for sucking honey, or other liquid food, and the
           mandibles are adapted for biting or cutting. In one
           large division ({Aculeata), including the bees, wasps,
           and ants, the females and workers usually have a sting,
           which is only a modified ovipositor. Hymenopteral

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Hymenoptera
      n 1: an order of insects including: bees; wasps; ants;
           ichneumons; sawflies; gall wasps; etc. [syn: Hymenoptera,
           order Hymenoptera]

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