Definition of Hexapoda in English:

Hexapoda

Line breaks: Hexa|poda
Pronunciation: /ˌhɛksəˈpəʊdə
 
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noun

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.

Derivatives

hexapod

Pronunciation: /ˈhɛksəpɒd/
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.

Origin

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

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