apteryx

noun
ap·​ter·​yx | \ ˈap-tə-riks How to pronounce apteryx (audio) \

Definition of apteryx

First Known Use of apteryx

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apteryx

New Latin, from a- + Greek pteryx wing; akin to Greek pteron

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“Apteryx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apteryx. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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