belonging or pertaining to the Pteropoda, a group of mollusks having the lateral portions of the foot expanded into winglike lobes used in swimming.
Origin of pteropod
< New Latin Pteropoda
(plural); see ptero-
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for pteropod
Historical Examples of pteropod
An attempt I made at fishing with the net failed entirely—a pteropod (Clio borealis) and a few crustacea were the whole result.
In almost all Gasteropod and Pteropod larv there is present a well-developed spindle muscle attaching the embryo to the shell.
British Dictionary definitions for pteropod
any small marine gastropod mollusc of the group or order Pteropoda, in which the foot is expanded into two winglike lobes for swimming and the shell is absent or thin-walledAlso called: sea butterfly
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