vestigial

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adjective ves·ti·gial \ve-ˈsti-jē-əl, -jəl\

Definition of vestigial

  1. 1 of a body part or organ :  remaining in a form that is small or imperfectly developed and not able to function :  being or having the form of a vestige (see vestige 2) a vestigial tail Kiwis lack an external tail, and their vestigial wings are entirely hidden beneath a curious plumage—shaggy, more like fur than feathers … — Stephen Jay Gould

  2. 2 :  remaining as the last small part of something that existed before It's held in the Gold Room, a vestigial ballroom of the kind that every downtown hotel uses for banquets and conventions. — William Zinsser Later colonial laws … prohibited even speaking the Pequot language, now long dead but for a few vestigial words. — Kirk Johnson

vestigially

play \ve-ˈsti-jē-ə-lē, -jə-lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of vestigial

Latin vestigium + English 1-al


VESTIGIAL Defined for Kids

vestigial

adjective ves·ti·gial \ve-ˈsti-jē-əl, -ˈsti-jəl\

Definition of vestigial for Students

  1. :  of, relating to, or being the last remaining amount or visible sign of something lost or vanished


Medical Dictionary

vestigial

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adjective ves·tig·ial \ve-ˈstij-(ē-)əl\

Medical Definition of vestigial

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a vestige a vestigial structure

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