ap·​ter·​ous ˈap-tə-rəs How to pronounce apterous (audio)
: lacking wings
apterous insects

Word History


Greek apteros, from a- + pteron wing — more at feather

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apterous was in 1775

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“Apterous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apterous. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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