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(of a classical temple) not having a surrounding colonnade; not peripteral.
(of a church) having no aisles.
(of a church façade) revealing no aisles.
Historical Examples

The female is apteral, but provided with a noisy apparatus for attracting the male’s attention.
The Natural Philosophy of Love Remy de Gourmont

(esp of a classical temple) not having columns at the sides
(of a church) having no aisles


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