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proleg

[ proh-leg ]

noun

  1. one of the abdominal ambulatory processes of caterpillars and other larvae, as distinct from the true or thoracic legs.


proleg

/ ˈprəʊˌlɛɡ /

noun

  1. any of the short paired unjointed appendages on each abdominal segment of a caterpillar and any of certain other insect larvae


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Word History and Origins

Origin of proleg1

First recorded in 1810–20; pro- 1 + leg

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Word History and Origins

Origin of proleg1

C19: from pro- 1+ leg

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Example Sentences

These claws, which sometimes amount to nearly a hundred on one proleg, are alternately longer and shorter.

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