[ ter-uh-pod ]
/ ˈtɛr əˌpɒd /


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

1825–35; < New Latin Pteropoda (plural); see ptero-, -pod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pteropod

  • In almost all Gasteropod and Pteropod larv there is present a well-developed spindle muscle attaching the embryo to the shell.

  • 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|Fridtjof Nansen

British Dictionary definitions for pteropod


/ (ˈtɛrəˌpɒd) /


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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