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parapodium

[par-uh-poh-dee-uh m]
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noun, plural par·a·po·di·a [par-uh-poh-dee-uh] /ˌpær əˈpoʊ di ə/. Zoology.
  1. one of the unjointed rudimentary limbs or processes of locomotion of many worms, as annelids.
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Origin of parapodium

First recorded in 1875–80; para-1 + -podium
Related formspar·a·po·di·al, adjective
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parapodium

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. any of the paired unjointed lateral appendages of polychaete worms, used in locomotion, respiration, etc
  2. any of various similar appendages of other invertebrates, esp certain molluscs
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Word Origin

New Latin: from para- 1 + -podium
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