parapodium

[ par-uh-poh-dee-uhm ]
/ ˌpær əˈpoʊ di əm /

noun, plural par·a·po·di·a [par-uh-poh-dee-uh]. /ˌpær əˈpoʊ di ə/. Zoology.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM parapodium

par·a·po·di·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parapodium

parapodium
/ (ˌpærəˈpəʊdɪəm) /

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

any of the paired unjointed lateral appendages of polychaete worms, used in locomotion, respiration, etc
any of various similar appendages of other invertebrates, esp certain molluscs

Word Origin for parapodium

New Latin: from para- 1 + -podium
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