pteropod

[ ter-uh-pod ]
/ ˈtɛr əˌpɒd /

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Pteropoda, a group of mollusks having the lateral portions of the foot expanded into winglike lobes used in swimming.

noun

a pteropod mollusk.

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Origin of pteropod

1825–35; <New Latin Pteropoda (plural); see ptero-, -pod
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Example sentences 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

pteropod
/ (ˈtɛrəˌpɒd) /

noun

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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