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  1. having no wings.
  2. having only rudimentary wings, as an apteryx.
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Origin of wingless

First recorded in 1585–95; wing + -less
Related formswing·less·ness, noun
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  1. having no wings or vestigial wings
  2. designating primitive insects of the subclass Apterygota, characterized by small size, lack of wings, and larvae resembling the adults: includes the springtails and bristletails
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Derived Formswinglessness, noun
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