noun (1)
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plural apuses\ -​əsə̇z \ or apodes\ ˈapəˌdēz \

Definition of apus

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a crustacean of the genus Triops certain tropical forms of which are destructive pests of young rice


noun (2)
\ ˈā-pəs How to pronounce Apus (audio) , ˈä- \

Definition of Apus (Entry 2 of 4)

: a genus of birds containing the typical Old World swifts


\ ˈā-pəs How to pronounce Apus (audio) , ˈä- \

Definition of Apus (Entry 3 of 4)

taxonomic synonym of triops


\ ˈā-pəs How to pronounce Apus (audio) \

Definition of Apus (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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 Cohen, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sept. 2007

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First Known Use of apus

Noun (2)

1774, in the meaning defined above


1702, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apus

Noun (1)

New Latin Apus entry 2

Noun (2)

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

New Latin, from Greek apod-, apous footless

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“Apus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apus. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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