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noun (1)

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


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noun (2)

ˈā-pəs How to pronounce Apus (audio)
: a genus of birds containing the typical Old World swifts


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ˈā-pəs How to pronounce Apus (audio)

taxonomic synonym of triops


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: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

Noun (2)

1774, in the meaning defined above


1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apus was in 1702

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“Apus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apus. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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