- any mollusk of the class Gastropoda, comprising the snails, whelks, slugs, etc.
- Also gas·trop·o·dous [ga-strop-uh-duh s] /gæˈstrɒp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the gastropods.
Origin of gastropod
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Examples from the Web for gastropod
One of the prettiest of the gastropod shells, is that of the cowry, in some parts of Africa used as money.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
The problem of the causes of the torsion of the Gastropod body has been much discussed.
- any mollusc of the class Gastropoda, typically having a flattened muscular foot for locomotion and a head that bears stalked eyes. The class includes the snails, whelks, limpets, and slugs
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Gastropoda
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Word Origin and History for gastropod
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- Any of various carnivorous or herbivorous mollusks of the class Gastropoda, having a head with eyes and feelers and a muscular foot on the underside of its body with which it moves. Most gastropods are aquatic, but some have adapted to life on land. Gastropods include snails, which have a coiled shell, and slugs, which have a greatly reduced shell or none at all.
Word History: Snails, conchs, whelks, and many other similar animals with shells are all called gastropods by scientists. The word gastropod comes from Greek and means stomach foot, a name that owes its existence to the unusual anatomy of snails. Snails have a broad flat muscular foot used for support and for forward movement. This foot runs along the underside of the animal-essentially along its belly. The Greek elements gastro-, stomach, and -pod, foot, are found in many other scientific names, such as gastritis (an inflammation of the stomach) and sauropod (lizard foot, a type of dinosaur).
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