Adjective "apterous" definition and examples

(Apterous may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(of an insect) having no wings.
  1. 'Four of five strains tested clearly showed staining specifically in the dorsal compartment of the wing disc, as expected for apterous expression.'
  2. 'The presence of a fundatrix, the numbers of soldiers, nonsoldier nymphs, apterous adults (all instars), and alates were recorded.'

More definitions

1. Zoology. wingless, as some insects.

2. Botany. without membranous expansions, as a stem.

More examples(as adjective)

"orders can be apterous."

"modifications can be apterous."


Late 18th century: from Greek apteros (from a- ‘without’ + pteron ‘wing’) + -ous.