aptera

noun \"\

Definition of aptera

plural

apterae

\-əˌrē\
  1. :  a wingless parthenogenetic female aphid that lives on the definitive host plants producing other generations of like aphids and later a generation of alates

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Origin and Etymology of aptera

New Latin, from Greek apterē, feminine of apteros


Aptera

plural noun Ap·tera \ˈaptərə\

Definition of Aptera

  1. 1 in former classifications :  an order comprising various wingless arthropods (such as spiders, centipedes, and certain insects)

  2. 2 in some modern classifications a :  an order of insects coextensive with Entotrophi b :  an order of insects coextensive with Apterygota

apteran

\-rən\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of aptera

New Latin, from Greek, neuter plural of apteros


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