2. Having a form belonging more especially to words which are not appellations of males or females; expressing or designating that which is of neither sex; as, a neuter noun; a neuter termination; the neuter gender. Intransitive; as, a neuter verb.
Origin: L, fr. Ne not + uter whether; akin to E. Whether. See No, and Whether, and cf. Neither.
3. <biology> An organism, either vegetable or animal, which at its maturity has no generative organs, or but imperfectly developed ones, as a plant without stamens or pistils, as the garden Hydrangea; especially, one of the imperfectly developed females of certain social insects, as of the ant and the common honeybee, which perform the labors of the community, and are called workers.
(01 Mar 1998)
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