hal·ter 2 (hôltər, hăl-) or hal·ter·e (hôl′tîrē, hăl′-)
n. pl. hal·ter·es (-tîrēz)
Either of the small, clublike balancing organs that are the rudimentary hind wings of flies. Also called balancer.
[Latin haltēr, lead weights used in leaping exercises, from sing. of Greek haltēres, from hallesthai, to jump; see sel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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