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Having no columns along the sides. Used especially of a classical temple.
[From Greek apteros, wingless : a-, without; see a-1 + pteron, wing; see -pter.]
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1. (Architecture) (esp of a classical temple) not having columns at the sides
2. (Architecture) (of a church) having no aisles
[C19: from Greek apteros wingless; see apterous]
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ap•ter•al(ˈæp tər əl)
(of a classical temple or other building) having columns at one or both ends but not on the sides.
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|Adj.||1.||apteral - having columns at one or both ends but not along the sides|
peripteral - having columns on all sides
|2.||apteral - (of insects) without wings |
wingless - lacking wings
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