Definition of apterous in English:


Line breaks: ap¦ter|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈapt(ə)rəs


  • (Of an insect) having no wings.
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    • The presence of a fundatrix, the numbers of soldiers, nonsoldier nymphs, apterous adults (all instars), and alates were recorded.
    • Prey items were separated into morphotypes based on order, life stage (adult/larva), and in the case of Hymenoptera, apterous or winged.
    • As originally described, Liassothrips is either a nymph or an apterous adult.


late 18th century: from Greek apteros (from a- 'without' + pteron 'wing') + -ous.

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