aptera

noun
\ " \
plural apterae\ -​əˌrē \

Definition of aptera

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wingless parthenogenetic female aphid that lives on the definitive host plants producing other generations of like aphids and later a generation of alates
Ap·​tera | \ ˈaptərə \

Definition of Aptera (Entry 2 of 2)

1 in former classifications : an order comprising various wingless arthropods (such as spiders, centipedes, and certain insects)
2 in some modern classifications
a : an order of insects coextensive with Entotrophi
b : an order of insects coextensive with Apterygota

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Other Words from aptera

Plural noun

apteran \ -​rən \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for aptera

Noun

New Latin, from Greek apterē, feminine of apteros

Plural noun

New Latin, from Greek, neuter plural of apteros

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“Aptera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aptera. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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