[ mak-sil-uh-ped ]
/ mækˈsɪl əˌpɛd /


one member of the three pairs of appendages situated immediately behind the maxillae of crustaceans.

Origin of maxilliped

First recorded in 1840–50; maxill(a) + -i- + -ped
Related formsmax·il·li·ped·a·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maxilliped

  • Each leg, except those of the last pair, has on its first segment an exopodite with a gill like those of the maxilliped.

    The Life of Crustacea|William Thomas Calman

British Dictionary definitions for maxilliped


/ (mækˈsɪlɪˌpɛd) /


any member of three pairs of appendages in crustaceans, behind the maxillae: specialized for feeding
Derived Formsmaxillipedary, adjective

Word Origin for maxilliped

C19: maxilli-, from maxilla + -ped
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