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[te-trap-ter-uh s]
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  1. Zoology. having four wings or winglike appendages.
  2. Botany. having four winglike appendages.
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Origin of tetrapterous

From the Greek word tetrápteros, dating back to 1820–30. See tetra-, -pterous
Related formste·trap·ter·an, adjective, noun
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  1. (of certain insects) having four wings
  2. biology having four winglike extensions or parts
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin tetrapterus, from Greek tetrapteros, from tetra- + pteron wing
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