- (of a classical temple) not having a surrounding colonnade; not peripteral.
- (of a church) having no aisles.
- (of a church façade) revealing no aisles.
Origin of apteral
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The female is apteral, but provided with a noisy apparatus for attracting the male's attention.The Natural Philosophy of Love
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- (esp of a classical temple) not having columns at the sides
- (of a church) having no aisles
C19: from Greek apteros wingless; see apterous
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