noun Zoology.

the basal portion of a two-branched crustacean leg or other appendage.

Nearby words

  1. protoplanetary disk,
  2. protoplasm,
  3. protoplasmic astrocyte,
  4. protoplast,
  5. protopod,
  6. protopope,
  7. protoporphyria,
  8. protoporphyrin,
  9. protoporphyrin ix,
  10. protopresbyter

Also pro·to·pod [proh-tuh-pod] /ˈproʊ təˌpɒd/.

Origin of protopodite

First recorded in 1865–70; proto- + pod- + -ite1

Related formspro·top·o·dit·ic [pruh-top-uh-dit-ik] /prəˌtɒp əˈdɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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