Halteres

Short-knobbed appendages of true flies; modified hind wings. Vestigial wing on the metathorax of a fly of the order Diptera; necessary for balance during flight.

Halteres

in ancient Greek athletics, lead or stone weights used by athletes in jumping events; used to increase jump distance, athletes held these telephone receiver or dumb bell shaped weights in their hands, ran forward, jumped swinging the weights, and released the halteres behind him at the end of the jump; halteres weighed between 1.6 to 4.6 kilograms,...
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Halteres

Hal·te'res (hăl*tē'rēz) noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek 'alth^res weights used in jumping, from 'a`llesqai to leap.] (Zoology) Balancers; the rudimentary hind wings of Diptera.
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Halteres

• (n. pl.) Balancers; the rudimentary hind wings of Diptera.
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Halteres

[ancient Greece] HalteresPronunciation-needed (ἁλτῆρες, from `ἅλλομαι` - allomai, `leap, spring`; cf. `ἅλμα` - alma, `leaping`) were a type of dumbbells used in Ancient Greece. In ancient Greek sports, halteres were used as lifting weights, and also as weights in their version of the long jump, which was probably a set...
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Halteres

Halteres (z; singular halter or haltere) are small knobbed structures modified from the hindwings (or forewings in the case of Strepsiptera) in some two-winged insects. They are flapped rapidly and function as gyroscopes, informing the insect about rotation of the body during flight. The word `halter` comes from Greek ἁλτήρ, a double knobb.....
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halteres

knob-like structures on the metathoraxes of flies which help to stabilize the insects' flight and to stay on an even course in flight
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