plural noun Pter·y·go·ta \ˌterəˈgōtə\

Definition of Pterygota

  1. :  a subclass of Insecta consisting of the winged and secondarily wingless insects — compare apterygota

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Origin and Etymology of pterygota

New Latin, from Greek, neuter plural of pterygōtos winged, from pteryg-, pteryx wing — more at pteryg-

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to cast off or become cast off

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