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a combining form meaning “those having feet” of the kind or number specified by the initial element, used in the names of classes in zoology: Cephalopoda.
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Origin of -poda

<New Latin, neuter plural of Greek -pous;see -pod
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What does -poda mean?

The combining formpoda is used like a suffix meaning “those having feet” or “those having legs.” It is often used in scientific terms, particularly to name classes in zoology.

The form –poda comes from Greek –pous, meaning “-footed.” The Latin cognate of –pous is –pēs, “-footed,” and is the source of several combining forms related to the lower extremities, including ped, pede, and pedi. Discover more at our Words That Use articles for each of these three forms.

What are variants of –poda?

Though –poda doesn’t have any variants, it shares an origin with the combining forms pod, podo, pod, pode, podium, and podous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for all six forms.

Examples of -poda

An example of a scientific term that features the form –poda is Arthropoda, “the phylum comprising the arthropods,” which includes insects and spiders. Arthropoda comes from the Latin equivalent of the form.

The form arthro means “joint’ or “jointed,” from Greek árthron, while –poda means “those having feet.” Arthropoda literally translates to “those having jointed feet.”

What are some words that use the combining form –poda?

  • Brachiopoda
  • Branchiopoda
  • Cardiapoda
  • Ornithopoda
  • Trichopoda

What are some other forms that –poda may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form tricho means “hair.” With this in mind, what is unique about flies in the genus Trichopoda?

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