Definition of pteropod in English:

pteropod

Syllabification: pter·o·pod
Pronunciation: /ˈterəˌpäd
 
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noun

Zoology
  • A small mollusk with winglike extensions to its body that it uses for swimming.
    • Orders Thecosomata (with shells) and Gymnosomata (lacking shells), class Gastropoda.
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    • The commonest macrofaunal elements of the Carriacou succession are benthic molluscs, pteropods, scleractinian corals and, particularly in the Grand Bay Formation, articulate brachiopods (Donovan and Harper, 1997, in press).
    • The unusual relationship between the pelagic mollusc Clione antarctica, a pteropod, and its amphipod abductor has been described as ‘antagonistic symbiosis’.
    • Initially, Walcott considered Matthevia to be a snail, either a pteropod or a new form of equivalent rank, although he made this assignment with reservation.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Pteropoda (plural), from Greek pteron 'wing' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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