brachypterous

adjective
bra·​chyp·​ter·​ous | \ bra-ˈkip-tə-rəs How to pronounce brachypterous (audio) \

Definition of brachypterous

: having rudimentary or abnormally small wings brachypterous insects

First Known Use of brachypterous

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brachypterous

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

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The first known use of brachypterous was circa 1842

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“Brachypterous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brachypterous. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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