brachypterous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj brachypterous (especially of certain insects) having very short or rudimentary wings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Brachypterous (Zoöl) Having short wings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brachypterous In ornithology, having short wings; brevipennate. Specifically applied to those water-birds, as the Brachypteri or Brachypterœ, whose wings when folded do not reach to the root of the tail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Brachypterous brak-ip′tėr-us lit. short-winged: having wings which, when folded, do not reach to the base of the tail.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. brachyptère,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. brachys, short, pteron, a wing.

Usage

In literature:

Brachypterous: with short or abbreviated wings.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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