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vestigial

Pronunciation: /veˈstɪdʒiəl/

Translation of vestigial in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 (marginally remaining) [formal] vestigial traces vestigios (masculine plural), rastros (masculine plural) he retains some vestigial authority todavía detenta ciertos vestigios de autoridad
    Example sentences
    • This kind of argument, although true, overlooks the underlying cause of this kind of behavior - the primitive, vestigial, human survival instinct for tribalism.
    • Perhaps this attitude stemmed from some vestigial Old World notions of hierarchy, division of labor, or even the unseemliness of the music that they produced.
    • By Monday night, though, in his 48-hour-warning speech, the references to international law and the United Nations had become vestigial.
    1.2 [Biology/Biología] [wing/tail] rudimentario, vestigial
    Example sentences
    • The point is not that vestigial organs have no function whatsoever.
    • The belief that wisdom teeth are vestigial organs that lack a function in the body (as was previously believed for the appendix), is less common today but still evident.
    • It used to be maintained that there were almost 200 vestigial organs in the human body.

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