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arthropod

[ahr-thruh-pod]
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noun
  1. any invertebrate of the phylum Arthropoda, having a segmented body, jointed limbs, and usually a chitinous shell that undergoes moltings, including the insects, spiders and other arachnids, crustaceans, and myriapods.
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adjective
  1. Also ar·throp·o·dal [ahr-throp-uh-dl] /ɑrˈθrɒp ə dl/, ar·throp·o·dan [ahr-throp-uh-dn] /ɑrˈθrɒp ə dn/, ar·throp·o·dous [ahr-throp-uh-duh s] /ɑrˈθrɒp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the Arthropoda.
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Origin of arthropod

1875–80; < New Latin Arthropoda; see arthro-, -pod
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Examples from the Web for arthropods

Historical Examples

  • He thought he could find fifteen segments in all Arthropods.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • The arthropods in general were provided with a carapace; most of them were crustaceans.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • He concludes, therefore, that the cephalaspids were arthropods, and not vertebrates.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • Ectoparasites and other arthropods occurring in Texas bat caves.

  • The Arthropods are animals of a high degree of organization.


British Dictionary definitions for arthropods

arthropod

noun
  1. any invertebrate of the phylum Arthropoda, having jointed limbs, a segmented body, and an exoskeleton made of chitin. The group includes the crustaceans, insects, arachnids, and centipedes
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Derived Formsarthropodous (ɑːˈθrɒpədəs) or arthropodal, adjective

Word Origin

C19 from NL, from Gk arthron joint + podus footed, from pous foot
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Word Origin and History for arthropods

arthropod

n.

1877, from Modern Latin Arthropoda, literally "those with jointed feet," biological classification of the phylum of segmented, legged invertebrates; see Arthropoda.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

arthropods in Medicine

arthropod

(ärthrə-pŏd′)
n.
  1. Any of numerous invertebrate animals of the phylum Arthropoda, including insects, crustaceans, arachnids, and myriapods.
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arthropods in Science

arthropod

[ärthrə-pŏd′]
  1. Any of numerous invertebrate animals of the phylum Arthopoda, characterized by an exoskeleton made of chitin and a segmented body with pairs of jointed appendages. Arthropods share many features with annelids and may have evolved from them in the Precambrian Era. Arthropods include the insects, crustaceans, arachnids, myriapods, and extinct trilobites, and are the largest phylum in the animal kingdom.
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arthropods in Culture

arthropods

[(ahr-thruh-podz)]

A phylum, or major division of the animal kingdom. Arthropods are animals with jointed legs and segmented bodies, such as insects, spiders, centipedes, and crustaceans. There are more species of arthropods than of any other animal phylum.

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