- Zoology. having four wings or winglike appendages.
- Botany. having four winglike appendages.
Origin of tetrapterous
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Historical Examples of tetrapterous
Radial spines stout, tetrapterous, prismatic, in the outer part longer than in the inner.
- (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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