Definition of vestige in English:


Line breaks: ves|tige
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛstɪdʒ


  • 2 Biology A part or organ of an organism which has become reduced or functionless in the course of evolution.
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    • Such a statement implies that the appendix represents a vestige of an organ with a former greater existence in the evolutionary sense, rather than in an earlier stage of its development.
    • The ‘splint bones,’ far from being useless vestiges of evolution, play an important role in the horse's leg.
    • Sprouts were distinguished from primary stems by the trace of an inflorescence and by the difference in the age of the shoots, which could be determined by counting the number of bud scale vestiges.


late Middle English: from French, from Latin vestigium 'footprint'.

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