bra·​chyp·​ter·​ous bra-ˈkip-tə-rəs How to pronounce brachypterous (audio)
: having rudimentary or abnormally small wings
brachypterous insects

Word History


Greek brachypteros, from brachy- + pteron wing — more at feather

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brachypterous was circa 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Brachypterous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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