- one of the abdominal ambulatory processes of caterpillars and other larvae, as distinct from the true or thoracic legs.
Origin of proleg
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These claws, which sometimes amount to nearly a hundred on one proleg, are alternately longer and shorter.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)
- any of the short paired unjointed appendages on each abdominal segment of a caterpillar and any of certain other insect larvae
C19: from pro- 1 + leg
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