Apterous



Zoology. wingless, as some insects.
Botany. without membranous expansions, as a stem.
Historical Examples

Male and female larv similar, apterous, naked or covered, active.
An Account of the Insects Noxious to Agriculture and Plants in New Zealand W. M. Maskell

Why it is, in the Insecta, that islands should predispose to an apterous state more than continents, it is not easy to speculate.
On the Variation of Species, with Especial Reference to the Insecta ; Followed by an Inquiry into the Nature of Genera Thomas Vernon Wollaston

Those which resemble the perfect insect, except that they are apterous, or not yet furnished with organs of flight.
An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4) William Kirby

Fleas are apterous, walk but little, but leap to a height equal to two hundred times that of their own body.
The Book of Curiosities I. Platts

In apterous beetles the elytra are often connate, or have both sutures as it were soldered together.
An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4) William Kirby

Whereas the former is merely an apterous creeping grub, the latter is an insect provided with wings.
A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs

It is an apterous genus, and of eminently sluggish habits; and what is the consequence?
On the Variation of Species, with Especial Reference to the Insecta ; Followed by an Inquiry into the Nature of Genera Thomas Vernon Wollaston

In the autumn, however, the eggs which are laid give rise in part to winged forms and in part to apterous forms.
The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4) Francis Maitland Balfour

From this egg in the spring emerges an apterous female who makes a gall in the new leaf and lays therein a large number of eggs.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2 Various

It appears to be apterous, and is said in scent and colour to resemble the bed-bug.
An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. I (of 4) William Kirby

adjective
(of insects) without wings, as silverfish and springtails
without winglike expansions, as some plant stems, seeds, and fruits

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