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variant of -podium: pseudopode.
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What does -pode mean?

The combining formpode is used like a suffix meaning “footlike part.” It is very rarely used in scientific terms, especially in zoology.

The form –pode comes from Greek pódion, meaning “little foot.” The Latin cognate of pódion is pēs, “foot,” 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 –pode?

A variant of –pode is podium, as in parapodium. It also shares an origin with the combining forms pod, podo, pod, poda, and podous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for all these forms.

Examples of -pode

One example of a scientific term that features the form –pode is monopode, “having one foot.” Monopode comes from Latin monopodius, which uses the equivalent of the form in that language.

Mono may look familiar to you; it means “one, single,” from Greek mónos. The form –pode means “footlike part.” Monopode literally translates to “(organism with) one footlike part.”

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

  • antipode (using the equivalent form of –pode in Greek)
  • megapode (using the equivalent form of –pode in Latin)

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

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The combining form mega means “large” or “great.” With this in mind, what is unique about megapodes, also known as scrub fowl or brush turkey?

How to use -pode in a sentence

  • Whensoever you find the prices of your wares rated by the pode, consider that to be the great weight, and the pound to be small.

    The Discovery of Muscovy|Richard Hakluyt
  • The pode doth contain of the great weight, forty pounds; and of the small, eighty.

    The Discovery of Muscovy|Richard Hakluyt
  • The true name of the genus, which is a full explanation in itself, is the Greek A-pode, "Without feet."

    The Bird|Jules Michelet
  • And as for their great weight, which they call the beasemar, they sell by pode or ship pound.

    The Discovery of Muscovy|Richard Hakluyt