- 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.
- 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.
Origin of arthropod
Related Words for arthropodtick, vermin, pest, mite, bee, butterfly, gnat, dragonfly, moth, grasshopper, spider, cockroach, termite, ant, mosquito, beetle, flea, aphid, ladybug, fly
Examples from the Web for arthropod
Historical Examples of arthropod
Florida pocket-gopher burrows and their arthropod inhabitants.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
An ten' na, a segmented sensory appendage on the head of an arthropod.A Guide for the Study of Animals
The corm becomes the seat of a development of a special visual organ, the Arthropod eye (as opposed to the Chaetopod eye).
Two distinct forms of the Arthropod eye are observed—the monomeniscous (simple) and the polymeniscous (compound).
Intertergal, in-tėr-tėr′gal, adj. situated between the terga or tergites of an arthropod.
- 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
Word Origin for arthropod
Word Origin and History for arthropod
1877, from Modern Latin Arthropoda, literally "those with jointed feet," biological classification of the phylum of segmented, legged invertebrates; see Arthropoda.
- Any of numerous invertebrate animals of the phylum Arthropoda, including insects, crustaceans, arachnids, and myriapods.
- 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.