- belonging or pertaining to the Pteropoda, a group of mollusks having the lateral portions of the foot expanded into winglike lobes used in swimming.
- a pteropod mollusk.
Origin of pteropod
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.Farthest North
In almost all Gasteropod and Pteropod larv there is present a well-developed spindle muscle attaching the embryo to the shell.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
- 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