Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having short or rudimentary wings, as certain insects.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In ornithology, having short wings; brevipennate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having short wings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective zoology An anatomical condition meaning that an animal has very reduced, non-functional wings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (especially of certain insects) having very short or rudimentary wings

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Greek brakhupteros : brakhu-, brachy- + pteron, wing; see –pter.]

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