meaning of apterous

apterous meaning in General Dictionary

Destitute of wings apteral as apterous bugs

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  • (of pests) without wings
  • Destitute of wings; apteral; as, apterous bugs.
  • Destitute of winglike membranous expansions, as a stem or petiole; -- opposed to alate.

apterous meaning in Veterinary Dictionary

Lacking wings.


apterous meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Destitute of wings; apteral; since, apterous bugs.

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  • (a.) Destitute of winglike membranous expansions, as a stem or petiole; -- in opposition to alate.

Sentence Examples with the word apterous

Lichtenstein has established the fact that from the egg of the Aphis of Pistachio galls, Anopleura lentisci, is hatched an apterous insect (the gall-founder), which gives birth to young Aphides (emigrants), and that these, having acquired wings, fly to the roots of certain grasses (Bromus sterilis and Hordeum vulgare), and by budding underground give rise to several generations of apterous insects, whence finally comes a winged brood (the pupifera).

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