Impennous

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Impennous (Zoöl) Having no wings, as some insects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impennous Wingless; having no wings; apterous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Impennous im-pen′us wingless: having very short wings useless for flight.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pref. im-, not + penna, wing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. in, not, penna, a wing.

Usage

In poetry:

Allora--fu un batter d'impennate,
Un cigolar sui cardini--d'imposte spalancate,
Un vagolar di lumi--sulle negre baltresche,
Un vociar di padrone,--un chiamar di fantesche.
"Fuoco" by Ferdinando Fontana