[te-trap-ter-uh s]


Zoology. having four wings or winglike appendages.
Botany. having four winglike appendages.

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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(of certain insects) having four wings
biology having four winglike extensions or parts

Word Origin for tetrapterous

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