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apterygial

[ ap-tuh-rij-ee-uhl ]
/ ˌæp təˈrɪdʒ i əl /
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adjective Zoology.

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

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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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