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arthropod

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noun ar·thro·pod \ˈär-thrə-ˌpäd\

Definition of arthropod

  1. :  any of a phylum (Arthropoda) of invertebrate animals (as insects, arachnids, and crustaceans) that have a segmented body and jointed appendages, a usually chitinous exoskeleton molted at intervals, and a dorsal anterior brain connected to a ventral chain of ganglia

arthropod adjective
ar·throp·o·danplay \är-ˈthrä-pə-dən\ adjective


Origin of arthropod

New Latin Arthropoda, from arthr- + Greek pod-, pous foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 1876



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