The Collaborative International Dictionary
Aptera \Ap"te*ra\, n. pl. [NL. aptera, fr. Gr. ? without wings; 'a priv. + ? wing, ? to fly.] (Zo["o]l.) Insects without wings, constituting the seventh Linn[ae]n order of insects, an artificial group, which included Crustacea, spiders, centipeds, and even worms. These animals are now placed in several distinct classes and orders.
Aptera is an obsolete taxonomic category, which included the Apterygota along with various other wingless arthropods.
Aptera may also refer to:
- Aptera, Greece, the city in Crete
- Aptera (Lycia), an ancient city in Lycia, now Turkey
- Aptera Motors, a defunct automobile company that was to produce the Aptera 2e
- Aptera 2 Series, a concept car developed by the automobile company Aptera Motors
- Aptera (genus), a genus of cockroaches
Aptera also serves as a specific epithet in the names of various species:
- Apteromantis aptera, a species of praying mantis, endemic to the Iberian Peninsula
- Parashorea aptera, a species of plant in the Dipterocarpaceae family, endemic to Indonesia
- Hopea aptera, a species of plant in the Dipterocarpaceae family, endemic to Papua New Guinea
- Inga aptera, a species of legume in the Fabaceae family, found only in Brazil
Usage examples of "aptera".
She recalled vaulted ruins she had seen years ago on Crete, at a site called Aptera.
She recalled vaulted ruins she had seen years ago on Crete, at a site called Aptera: underground Roman cisterns, barrel-vaulted and made of brick, buried in a hillside.