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

  • adj. Having very short or rudimentary wings, as certain insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having short wings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology, having short wings; brevipennate.

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

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


From Greek brakhupteros : brakhu-, brachy- + pteron, wing; see -pter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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