[ap-ter-uh s]


Zoology. wingless, as some insects.
Botany. without membranous expansions, as a stem.

Origin of apterous

First recorded in 1765–75, apterous is from the Greek word ápteros wingless. See a-6, -pterous
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(of insects) without wings, as silverfish and springtails
without winglike expansions, as some plant stems, seeds, and fruits
Derived Formsapterism, noun

Word Origin for apterous

C18: from Greek apteros wingless, from a- 1 + pteron wing
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