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belonging or pertaining to the Apterygota, a subclass of primitive wingless insects that undergo little or no metamorphosis.


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  • Apteryx

    (def 1). Historical Examples When all other class distinctions are abolished, this one will remain, like the bones of the apteryx. When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan The New Zealand “kiwi,” known to naturalists as the apteryx. In Search of the Castaways Jules Verne The wings of the apteryx are literally rudiments; a […]

  • Aptest

    inclined; disposed; given; prone: too apt to slander others. likely: Am I apt to find him at home? unusually intelligent; able to learn quickly and easily: an apt pupil. suited to the purpose or occasion; appropriate: an apt metaphor; a few apt remarks on world peace. Archaic. prepared; ready; willing. Historical Examples I have persuaded […]

  • Aptitude

    capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent: She has a special aptitude for mathematics. readiness or quickness in learning; intelligence: He was placed in honors classes because of his general aptitude. the state or quality of being apt; special fitness. Contemporary Examples According to the aptitude Chronology report, she was also diagnosed with […]

  • Aptitude test

    any of various tests given to measure abilities, as manual dexterity, visual acuity, reasoning, or verbal comprehension, and used to assist in the selection of a career. Historical Examples I do want to bring that out; the address on the aptitude test card, I see, is 3519 Fairmount in Dallas. Warren Commission (10 of 26): […]

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