apterygial

[ ap-tuh-rij-ee-uh l ]
/ ˌæp təˈrɪdʒ i əl /

adjective Zoology.

having no wings, fins, or limbs, as snakes and eels.

Nearby words

  1. apt,
  2. apt.,
  3. apteral,
  4. apterium,
  5. apterous,
  6. apterygote,
  7. apteryx,
  8. aptitude,
  9. aptitude test,
  10. aptly

Origin of apterygial

1900–05; a-6 + Greek pteryg- (stem of ptéryx wing) + -ial

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British Dictionary definitions for apterygial

apterygial

/ (ˌæptəˈrɪdʒɪəl) /

adjective

(of eels, certain insects, etc) lacking such paired limbs as wings or fins

Word Origin for apterygial

C20: from New Latin apteryx wingless creature; see apterous

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