proleg

[ proh-leg ]
/ ˈproʊˌlɛg /

noun

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

Origin of proleg

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

/ (ˈprəʊˌlɛɡ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for proleg

C19: from pro- 1 + leg
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