• Apple Aphid (Aphis pomi), winged and wingless females
    Apple Aphid (Aphis pomi), winged and wingless females
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wingless lacking wings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Wingless Having no wings; not able to ascend or fly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wingless Having no wings; hence, unable to fly; technically, in zoology, apterous; not alate; not winged, in any sense.
    • wingless In ornithology, specifically, having rudimentary wings, unfit for flight.; impennate or squami-pennate, as any ratite bird or penguin: as, the wingless kiwis (Apterygidæ).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wingless without wings
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. vængr, a wing; Sw. vinge.


In literature:

It is generally wingless, having only two small wing-pads instead.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Beetles, wingless, 68-70; on oceanic islands, 224, 226, 229, 232.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)" by George John Romanes
It appears to have been named in memory of a certain small wingless insect.
"The Greater Love" by George T. McCarthy
In one of these chambers I found a wingless queen in their midst.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
Direct the attention of the pupils to the difference between the male and female aphides; the males have wings, but the females are wingless.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
In Virginia's heart, Love stirred suddenly, and blind, wingless, imprisoned, struggled for freedom.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
It was peculiarly the age of egg-bearing animals, winged and wingless.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller
Grom tore them off, and slammed the writhing, wingless bodies into the fire.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
An excellent person but wingless; not stupid, but dull.
"The Crow's Nest" by Clarence Day, Jr.
There were chairs and stools, no perches, but that was to be expected in a wingless society.
"Helpfully Yours" by Evelyn E. Smith
The statue of Wingless Victory that stood in the little temple has long been absent.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
Chinese and Japanese dragons, though regarded as powers of the air, are wingless.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
The females in this moth and in others allied to it are wingless.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
How like death-worms the wingless moments crawl!
"The English Novel" by Sidney Lanier
In many of these insects, while most individuals of the species are wingless, winged specimens are now and then met with.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
The figure, wingless, yet floating in erect grace, was of great size, and wrapped entirely in cloudy gray.
"Ghosts I Have Seen" by Violet Tweedale
They are remarkable in having wingless males and winged females.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
In other wingless insects the want of wings has been advantageous for other reasons.
"The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
The wingless ones I found on bushes or in the grass.
"Twenty-Five Years in a Waggon in South Africa" by Andrew A. Anderson
Among the ants the workers are also wingless, while the males and females are winged.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg

In poetry:

Thy sad heart, wingless, weak,
Is sunk in this black shade
So deep, thy small hands seek,
Vainly, the pulse God made.
"On Hearing The Princess Royal Sing" by Victor Marie Hugo
So the Lord they answered, saying:--
Mind and strength Thy creature give,
Form him in our very image,
Lord, but wingless let him live!
"The Creation Of Man" by Morris Rosenfeld
We know, O Lord, so little what is best;
Wingless, we move so lowly;
But in thy calm all-knowledge let us rest --
Oh, holy, holy, holy!
"Sundown" by John Charles McNeill
But still, though all this life and motion meet,
My thoughts are wingless and lie dead in me,
Or dimly stir to answer, at my feet,
The sorrow of the sea.
"The Sorrow Of The Sea" by Alexander Anderson
Rising anew from thine ancient pyre,
Vapour and dust thy frame,
Still art thou Psyche, the soul's desire,
Wingless, save when from reefs of fire
Mounting in shaft of flame.
"The Comet" by Albert Durrant Watson
I have love at least, and have not fear, and part not
From thine unnavigable and wingless way;
Thou tarriest, and I have not said thou art not,
Nor all thy night long have denied thy day.
"Mater Triumphalis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Flat, reddish brown, wingless creatures -- are enjoying a feeding frenzy these days.
Brady Bacon (77) dives below Austin Alambaugh for the lead during Friday's Wingless Auto Racing sprint-car feature at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland , Mo.
It's an Inch Long and Wingless , And a Surprise to Insect Experts.
Bedbugs are small wingless insects that feed on human blood.
Bedbugs are wingless, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of people and animals.
How can a wingless insect just two millimeters long travel over water to colonize an island habitat where it now thrives.
Europeans Plan to Launch Prototype Wingless, Reusable Spaceship By 2013.
Reports of UFOs around that area continue to surface on the internet, everything from unexplained fireballs to blue discs, wingless planes, whirling triangles, you name it.

In science:

Each fig-wasp species has either winged males, wingless males, or both types of males.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Wingless males mate with females within the closed receptacle of their natal fig fruit, which they never leave.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Species with large broods tend to have wingless males, while species with small broods tend to have winged males.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The wingless males are often fighting males (corresponding to the “hawk” type), while the winged males do not fight for females (they correspond to “doves”).
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics