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The novelist is the vestigial bone on the body cinema. We're like the little toe that can be cut off.
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Meaning of "vestigial" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF VESTIGIAL

vestigial  [vɛˈstɪdʒɪəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF VESTIGIAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Vestigial is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES VESTIGIAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

vestigial

Vestigiality

Vestigiality refers to genetically determined structures or attributes that have apparently lost most or all of their ancestral function in a given species, but have been retained through evolution. Assessment of the vestigiality must generally rely on comparison with homologous features in related species. The emergence of vestigiality occurs by normal evolutionary processes, typically by loss of function of a feature that is no longer subject to positive selection pressures when it loses its value in a changing environment. More urgently the feature may be selected against when its function becomes definitely harmful. Typical examples of both types occur in the loss of flying capability in island-dwelling species.

Definition of vestigial in the English dictionary

The definition of vestigial in the dictionary is of, relating to, or being a vestige. Other definition of vestigial is having attained a simple structure and reduced size and function during the evolution of the species.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH VESTIGIAL


adagial
ˈædɪdʒɪəl
apterygial
ˌæptəˈrɪdʒɪəl
coccygeal
kɒkˈsɪdʒɪəl
collegial
kəˈliːdʒɪəl
effigial
ɪˈfɪdʒɪəl
interphalangeal
ˌɪntəfəˈlændʒɪəl
lymphangial
lɪmˈfændʒɪəl
meningeal
mɪˈnɪndʒɪəl
nasopharyngeal
ˌneɪzəʊfəˈrɪndʒɪəl
patagial
pəˈteɪdʒɪəl
pelagial
pɪˈleɪdʒɪəl
phalangeal
fəˈlændʒɪəl
pterygial
təˈrɪdʒɪəl
remigial
rɪˈmɪdʒɪəl
sacrococcygeal
ˌseɪkrəʊkɒkˈsɪdʒɪəl
sporangial
spəˈrændʒɪəl
syringeal
sɪˈrɪndʒɪəl
syzygial
sɪˈzɪdʒɪəl
uropygial
ˌjʊərəˈpɪdʒɪəl
zoosporangial
ˌzəʊəspəˈrændʒɪəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE VESTIGIAL

vested interest
vestee
vestiaries
vestiary
vestibular
vestibular system
vestibule
vestibulitis
vestibulocochlear nerve
vestibulum
vestige
vestigially
vestigium
vestimental
vestimentary
vesting
vestiture
vestless
vestlike

WORDS THAT END LIKE VESTIGIAL

artificial
commercial
crucial
editorial
especial
essential
facial
financial
industrial
initial
material
memorial
official
potential
residential
serial
social
special
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Synonyms and antonyms of vestigial in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «VESTIGIAL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «vestigial» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of vestigial

Translation of «vestigial» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF VESTIGIAL

Find out the translation of vestigial to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of vestigial from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «vestigial» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

遗迹
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

vestigial
570 millions of speakers

English

vestigial
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बाक़ी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أثاري
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

рудиментарные
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

vestigial
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

চিহ্নহিসাবে বর্তমান
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

rudimentaire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Vestigial
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

rudimentär
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

痕跡の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

흔적
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Inggil
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thuộc về dấu tích
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அடிச்சுவட்டு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अवयवयुक्त
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

artakalan
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

di vestigia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

szczątkowa
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

рудиментарні
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

vestigiu
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

υποτυπώδης
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vestigiale
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vestigial
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

dannet
5 millions of speakers

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «VESTIGIAL»

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about vestigial

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2 QUOTES WITH «VESTIGIAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word vestigial.
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P. J. O'Rourke
Supposedly, summer vacation happens because that's when the kids are home from school, although having the kids home from school is no vacation. And supposedly the kids are home from school because of some vestigial throwback to our agricultural past.
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Don Winslow
The novelist is the vestigial bone on the body cinema. We're like the little toe that can be cut off.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «VESTIGIAL»

Discover the use of vestigial in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to vestigial and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Encyclopedia of Evolution
The chloroplasts of dinoflagellates not only have extra membranes but even have nucleomorphs, which are vestigial nuclei left over from the eukaryotic algal ancestors! Examples at the organ level are almost innumerable. At the organ level, ...
Stanley A. Rice, 2009
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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Circumcision: ...
First of all, the appendix is hardly a vestigial organ. This myth was created back in the nineteenth century when medical science was too primitive to figure out the purpose of the appendix. Doctors back then were foolish enough to think that ...
Paul M. Fleiss, Frederick M. Hodges, 2002
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Modern Biology
(II) Evidences from Vestigial Organs • Definition : Vestigial organs are rudimentary or poorly developed organs or body parts that are nonfunctional and useless to the possessor but were functional in the ancestors and are fully developed and ...
V. B. Rastogi, 1997
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The New Answers Book 3: Over 35 Questions on ...
The List of "Vestigial Organs" Grows In 1893 the German anatomist Robert Wiedersheim expanded Darwin's list of "useless organs" to 86. Listed among Wiedersheim's "vestigial" organs were such organs as the parathyroid, pineal and ...
Ken Ham, 2010
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A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness
VESTIGIAL. BRAINS,. NOT. SO. VESTIGIAL. MINDS. There is another prejudice that stops many people from accepting any strong form of mental materialism, and this one is more difficult to eradicate. It is a visceral resistance to one of the key ...
Merlin Donald, 2002
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The Ohio Journal of Science
If an organ was developed in the past but is now continually imperfect or undeveloped in the individuals of a species it is called a "vestigial" organ or a " vestige." The three small sterile stamens in a Catalpa flower are vestigial. The splint bones ...
‎1903
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Catalog of Ohio Vascular Plants: Arranged According to the ...
Menispermum canadense L. Diecious. The carpellate flower has about twelve vestigial stamens; the staminate flower has no vestiges. Sassafras sassafras (L.) Karst. Diecious. The staminate flower has a vestigial carpel: the carpellate flower  ...
Adolph E. Waller, Paul Bigelow Sears, Alfred Dachnowski, 1918
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Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication
Pi, docks black vestigial c? cf X mid 9 9. Fi tcild-iype 9 X dachs black vestigial cf < ? from stock. One more experiment was needed to finish the determination of the locus of dachs. The locus of dachs was known to be about 18 units from that of ...
‎1919
9
Genetics Solutions and Problem Solving MegaManual
Problem 5 Geneticists working with the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, are studying the mode of inheritance of vestigial wings. Vestigial wings are a mutant phenotype in which wing development is curtailed. Wild-type or normal ...
Benjamin Pierce, 2004
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Biology: A Functional Approach. Students' Manual
Requirements Hand lens or binocular microscope White tile Paintbrush Etheriser Culture bottles Virgin $ wild type flies O" vestigial-winged flies (Other types of fly if required) Note: All flies should be pure-breeding (homozygous) in labelled ...
M. B. V. Roberts, T. J. King, 1987

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «VESTIGIAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term vestigial is used in the context of the following news items.
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'Regulatory appendicitis' and the dangers of vestigial regulations
Regulations often stay on the books long after the expiration of their purpose, much like how vestigial organs — like the appendix — can remain long after ... «The Hill, Mar 15»
2
Problem 10: Neo-Darwinism's Long History of Inaccurate Predictions …
For decades, evolutionists have claimed that our bodies and genomes are full of useless parts and genetic material -- "vestigial" organs -- showing life is the ... «Discovery Institute, Feb 15»
3
From the Steadily Shrinking Catalogue of "Functionless," "Vestigial
Most Darwinian evolutionists view the tailbone as a vestigial organ, derived from ... "Function of coccyx: It is believed that the coccyx is remnant of vestigial tail. «Discovery Institute, Feb 15»
4
#5 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Whale Hips, Another …
In the case presented by advocates of Darwinian evolution, vestigial organs are a ... Vestigial traits can be either nonfunctional (the wings of the kiwi) or co-opted ... «Discovery Institute, Dec 14»
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Now It's Whale Hips: Another Icon of Darwinian Evolution, Vestigial
In the case presented by advocates of Darwinian evolution, vestigial organs are a star in the firmament, frequently and gloatingly pointed to. Darwin himself cited ... «Discovery Institute, Sep 14»
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Whale Pelvic Bones Actually Do Have a Purpose (Hint: Sex)
Conventional thinking has long held that pelvic bones in whales and dolphins, evolutionary throwbacks to ancestors that once walked on land, are vestigial and ... «Discovery News, Sep 14»
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Fixteria a chance to excise gold trade's vestigial organ
Alternatively, futures contracts could be settled against average prices in the over-the-counter market. The gold fix is a vestigial organ resembling the appendix. «Financial Times, Jun 14»
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"Pseudotails" and "True Tails" Have Similar Causes, Suggesting …
Thus, some experts have rejected the "vestigial" view of tails, based on the existence of pseudotails -- structures that clearly cannot be an evolutionary relic, yet ... «Discovery Institute, May 14»
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Are Human Tails Mere "Vestigial" or "Benign" Structures Born to …
Human Origins NEWS. 7.28.2015 5:00PM. Are Human Tails Mere "Vestigial" or "Benign" Structures Born to "Otherwise Healthy" Babies? Casey Luskin May 16, ... «Discovery Institute, May 14»
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Are Humans Ever Born with "Perfectly Formed" Tails?
In all reported cases, the vestigial human tail lacks bone, cartilage, notochord, ... A paper from the Journal of Pediatric Surgery states: "The human vestigial tail ... «Discovery Institute, May 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Vestigial [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/vestigial>. Nov 2019 ».
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