Vestigial meaning

vĕ-stĭjē-əl, -stĭjəl
Of, relating to, or constituting a vestige.
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(biology) Occurring or persisting as a rudimentary or degenerate structure.
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Of, relating to, or constituting a vestige.
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(biology) Occurring or persisting as a rudimentary or degenerate structure.
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Relating to a body part that has become small and lost its use because of evolutionary change. Whales, for example, have small bones located in the muscles of their body walls that are vestigial bones of hips and hind limbs.
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Of or pertaining to a vestige or remnant; like a trace from the past.
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Not fully developed in mature animals.
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Origin of vestigial