Definition of pleopod in English:

pleopod

Line breaks: pleo|pod
Pronunciation: /ˈpliːə(ʊ)pɒd
 
/

noun

Zoology
A forked swimming limb of a crustacean, five pairs of which are typically attached to the abdomen. Also called swimmeret.
More example sentences
  • In contrast, arthropods such as the lobster possess distinct maxillipeds, pereopods, pleopods, and uropod.
  • Occasional specimens show preservation of delicate structures such as pleopods and antennae/antennules.
  • The eggs can be kept in open brood pouches or attached to the pleopods of the female, as in pleocyematan decapods, or freely released in the environment, as in penaeid shrimps.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek plein 'swim, sail' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

Definition of pleopod in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day nous
Pronunciation: naʊs
noun
common sense; practical intelligence