Definition of Gastropoda in English:


Line breaks: Gastro|poda
Pronunciation: /ˌɡastrəˈpəʊdə
, ɡasˈtrɒpədə/


A large class of molluscs which includes snails, slugs, whelks, and all terrestrial kinds. They have a large muscular foot for movement and (in many kinds) a single asymmetrical spiral shell.
More example sentences
  • Here we cover a few groups that seem to be very close to the crown group Gastropoda (slugs + limpets).
  • The oval, flat foot is characteristic of the classes Monoplacophora, Polyplacophora and Gastropoda.
  • Slugs are soft-bodied animals belonging to a class called Gastropoda (not insects).


modern Latin (plural), from Greek gastēr, gastr- 'stomach' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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