Definition of maxilliped in English:


Line breaks: max¦illi|ped
Pronunciation: /makˈsɪlɪpɛd


(In crustaceans) an appendage modified for feeding, situated in pairs behind the maxillae.
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  • From left to right appendages are: antennule, antenna, mandible, first and second maxillae, first through fifth maxillipeds, 3 walking legs, 5 pleopods with pinkish gills, and uropod.
  • The anterior one to three thoracic appendages are modified into maxillipeds, which are used in feeding.
  • Only a few parts of the carapace produce the polarization, mainly the antennal scales, maxillipeds, and uropod scales.


mid 19th century: from maxilla + Latin pes, ped- 'foot'.

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