Share this entry

Share this page

hexapod

Line breaks: hexa|pod
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛksəpɒd/

Definition of hexapod in English:

noun

1 Entomology A six-legged arthropod belonging to the class Hexapoda: researchers noted that hexapods and crustaceans shared a different set of important morphological characters the oldest known land animal is a hexapod found in Scotland, dated at 405 million years
More example sentences
  • The matter focuses on an order of minuscule hexapods called collembolans, or springtails, which includes thousands of species.
  • Phylogenetic analyses of a wide variety of gene sequences all support the hypothesis that hexapods and crustaceans form a monophyletic group to the exclusion of myriapods and chelicerates.
  • Presumably (assuming insects do derive from Crustacea) primitive hexapods evolved from marginal marine and amphibious crustaceans during the late Silurian or early Devonian.
2A six-legged robot: each of the hexapod’s legs are equipped with pressure sensors which allow the bot to respond to its terrain
More example sentences
  • We just saw a hexapod which deposits hot glue as it roams.
  • With six legs, the hexapod tootles along quite happily at 26 centimeters per second.
  • It is actually the second version of the largest all-terrain hexapod in the world.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Greek hexapous, hexapod-, from hex 'six' + pous 'foot'.

Definition of hexapod in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…