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

First recorded in 1840–50; maxill(a) + -i- + -ped
Related formsmax·il·li·ped·a·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for maxilliped

Historical Examples

  • 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


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

Word Origin

C19: maxilli-, from maxilla + -ped
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