[ap-ter-uh l]
adjective Architecture.
  1. (of a classical temple) not having a surrounding colonnade; not peripteral.
  2. (of a church) having no aisles.
  3. (of a church façade) revealing no aisles.

Origin of apteral

1825–35; < Greek ápter(os) wingless (a- a-6 + -pteros -pterous) + -al1
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  1. (esp of a classical temple) not having columns at the sides
  2. (of a church) having no aisles

Word Origin for apteral

C19: from Greek apteros wingless; see apterous
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