• WordNet 3.6
    • n Apus type genus
    • n Apus a constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Octans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Apus Australiensis, a shrimp-like crustacean of arid central Australia, survives where other water animals would perish because its eggs hatch only after they have been dried out in the sun.
    • n Apus (Zoöl) A genus of fresh-water phyllopod crustaceans. See Phyllopod.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Apus One of the southern constellations formed in the sixteenth century, probably by Petrus Theodori; the Bird of Paradise. It is situated south of the Triangulum Australe, and its brightest star is of the fourth magnitude.
    • n Apus A genus of branchiopodous or phyllopodous entomostracous crustaceans, typical of the family Apdidœ or Apusidœ: named (in the form Apous) by Frisch in 1732. Like nearly all animals which have been miscalled Apoda or Apodes (footless), they have feet, these organs in the phyllopods ranging from 11 to 60 pairs. The genus is characterized by a large shield-like carapace, or cephalothorax in one piece, covering most of the animal. A. cancriformis, called the crab-shelled shrimp, is 2 or 3 inches long, and is noted for its repeated molts (it sheds its skin twenty times in two or three months), and for the vast numerical preponderance of the females, the males having been only recently discovered.
    • n Apus In ornithology: A genus of birds, of the family Cypselidœ, established by Scopoli in 1777: equivalent to Cypselus of Illiger, 1811.
    • n Apus [lowercase] The specific name of the common swift of Europe, Cypselus apus.
    • n Apus [lowercase; pl. api (ā'pī).] In teratology, a monster destitute of posterior limbs, while the anterior are well formed.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. . See Apode (n.)


In literature:

Very large flocks of swifts ('Cypselus apus') were observed flying over the plains north of Kuruman.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
I may apuse mine power an' trink vat is pad for me, but den I may likewise trink vat is coot for me.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
Cypselus apus and Caprimulgus species are rarely met with.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
APUS, the Bird of Paradise, lies south-east of Musca, and north of Octans.
"Astronomical Curiosities" by J. Ellard Gore

In news:

Financial center aid APUS growth.
AMD is hoping to nab a share of the lucrative tablet market with its new low-power Z-60 APUs .
PC Hardware / Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 Boasts AMD APUs , RapidBoot Technology.
AMD Targets Intel's i5 Processors With New Trinity APUs .
Firms willing to demo fuel cell-based APUs on reefer trucks.
Page 1 of 2 AMD used the Computex Taipei event in Taiwan Tuesday as a stage for unveiling its next-generation Brazos 2.0 E-Series APUs , optimized for entry-level notebook and desktop PCs.
AMD Rolls Out 'Trinity' APUs for Mainstream, Ultrathin Laptops.
AMD Tuesday launched its second-generation A-Series APUs , code-named Trinity, which the chip maker said will deliver a lower power envelope and performance boost for desktop and notebook PCs, including its homegrown brand of Ultrathins.
More Honeywell APUs To Power Up GoAir A320s.
AMD Launches 'Llano' Fusion APUs for Desktops.
ECycle announces auxiliary power units ( APUs ) based on the Kubota Z602 and D902 Super Mini diesel engines.
These APUs offer up to 10 times the current (power) of competing products.
APUs become exempt from federal excise tax .
Financial center aid APUS growth.
AMD Launches ' Llano ' Fusion APUs for Desktops.