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pteropod Line breaks: ptero|pod
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛrəpɒd/

Definition of pteropod in English:


A sea butterfly.
Example sentences
  • These all feed on pteropods, or sea butterflies, one of the species most threatened by rising acidity.
  • The pteropod, Cfione limacina (Order: Gymnosomata) differs from the nudibranchs and notaspids discussed so far in that it swims continuously using paired parapodial appendages that resemble wings.
  • In addition to its operation in some insects, it has been suggested that the flapping mechanism in the pteropod, Clione limacina, uses a clap-and-fling mechanism.


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

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