[ve-stij-ee-uh l, -stij-uh l]
- of, relating to, or of the nature of a vestige: a vestigial tail.
Origin of vestigial
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Examples from the Web for vestigial
Ensembles are of vestigial interest in this new pop culture.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age
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June 4, 2014
Such myths, Manchester argues, may be vestigial in the modern era, but they remain vital to the cohesion of a culture.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
Because a foodie is a mouth with a vestigial person attached, one might think so.The Secret Sex Lives of Chefs
June 24, 2009
The first digit is vestigial and the second, third, and fourth are clawed.
In Cycloturus however the hallux is vestigial and it is absent in Glyptodonts.
There are indications of a vestigial second pair of incisors.
Or, on the other hand, may not such faculty be regarded not as vestigial, but as rudimentary?Occultism and Common-Sense
Thus the view that the behaviour is vestigial is not perhaps unreasonable.Territory in Bird Life
H. Eliot Howard
- of, relating to, or being a vestige
- (of certain organs or parts of organisms) having attained a simple structure and reduced size and function during the evolution of the speciesthe vestigial pelvic girdle of a snake
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Word Origin and History for vestigial
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Occurring or persisting as a rudimentary or degenerate structure.
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- Relating to a body part that has become small and lost its use because of evolutionary change. Whales, for example, have small bones located in the muscles of their body walls that are vestigial bones of hips and hind limbs.
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