one of the paired abdominal appendages of certain aquatic crustaceans that function primarily for carrying the eggs in females and are usually adapted for swimming
Syn: ↑swimmeret
Hypernyms: ↑extremity, ↑appendage, ↑member
Part Holonyms: ↑lobster, ↑shrimp, ↑isopod

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  • Pleopod — Ple o*pod, n.; pl. E. {Pleopods}, L. {Pleopoda}. [Gr. ? to swim + pod.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the abdominal legs of a crustacean. See Illust. under {Crustacea}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pleopod — [plē′ə päd΄] n. [< Gr pleōn, prp. of plein, to swim (< IE base * pleu , to run, FLOW) + POD] Zool. any of the biramous appendages attached to the abdomen of higher crustaceans; swimmeret …   English World dictionary

  • pleopod — An appendage attached to an abdominal segment [Ingle, 1983]. An appendage of any one of the first five abdominal segments [Warner, 1977]. Biramous, often natatory, appendage of pleon [Holdich and Jones, 1983]. Distinctive, usually biramous,… …   Crustacea glossary

  • pleopod — noun Etymology: Greek plein to sail + English o + pod; from its use in swimming more at flow Date: 1888 an abdominal limb of a crustacean …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pleopod — n. [Gr. plein, to swim; pous, foot] (ARTHROPODA: Crustacea) In Malacostraca, paired appendages of any of the first 5 6 somites, adapted for swimming; swimmeret …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • pleopod — /plee euh pod /, n. Zool. a swimmeret. [1850 55; PLEO(N) + POD] * * * …   Universalium

  • pleopod — noun In decapods such as lobsters, pleopods are legs mainly used for swimming but sometimes used for brooding eggs or catching food. In some species certain pleopods of an animal may have been adapted to special functions such as reproduction …   Wiktionary

  • pleopod — ple·o·pod …   English syllables

  • pleopod — ple•o•pod [[t]ˈpli əˌpɒd[/t]] n. zool. swimmeret • Etymology: 1850–55; pleo (n) + pod …   From formal English to slang

  • pleopod — /ˈpliəpɒd/ (say pleeuhpod) noun Zoology → swimmeret. {Greek pleō(n), present participle, swimming + pod} …  

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