Definition of Hexapoda in English:

Hexapoda

Syllabification: Hex·ap·o·da
Pronunciation: /ˌheksəˈpōdə
 
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Entomology
A class of six-legged arthropods that comprises the insects. The name is used as another term for Insecta, especially when the primitive apterygotes are not considered to be true insects.
More example sentences
  • The superclass Hexapoda includes so-called true insects and several classes of primitive wingless proto-insects.
  • These two clades, together with the true insects, form the clade Hexapoda.
  • However, a rival theory - the Pancrustacea hypothesis - suggests that the Crustacea are the stock from which the Hexapoda arose.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek hexapous, hexapod-, from hex 'six' + pous 'foot'.

Derivatives

hexapod

Pronunciation: /ˈheksəˌpäd/
noun
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.

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