apus

noun \ " \

Definition of apus

plural apuses \-əsə̇z\ or apodes \ˈapəˌdēz\
: a crustacean of the genus Triops certain tropical forms of which are destructive pests of young rice

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Origin and Etymology of apus

New Latin 2Apus


1

Apus

noun \ ˈā-pəs , ˈä- \

Definition of Apus

: a genus of birds containing the typical Old World swifts

Origin and Etymology of apus

New Latin, from Latin apod-, apus swallow supposed to be footless, from Greek apod-, apous sand-martin, swift, from apod-, apous footless, from a- 2a- + pod-, pous foot


2

Apus

\ ˈā-pəs , ˈä- \

Definition of Apus

  • taxonomic synonym of triops

Origin and Etymology of apus

New Latin, from Greek apod-, apous footless


3

Apus

noun \ ˈā-pəs \

Definition of Apus

astronomy
: a faint constellation visible near the south celestial pole that is represented by the figure of a bird of paradise
  • Unfortunately, Apus is a latter-day construct, conjured by Dutch navigators around the turn of the 17th century and not imagined (or even seen) by ancient Greek herders.
  • —Jesse CohenLos Angeles Times21 Sept. 2007

First Known Use of apus

1702


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