Amphipoda

plural noun Am·phip·o·da \amˈfipədə\

Definition of Amphipoda

  1. :  a large group, usually an order, of malacostracan crustaceans (division Peracarida) comprising the beach fleas and related forms; being mostly of small size with laterally compressed body, four anterior pairs of thoracic limbs directed forward, and three posterior pairs directed backward and upward, the thoracic limbs bearing gills; being usually aquatic in fresh or salt water, and a few (as the whale louse) being parasitic

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Origin and Etymology of amphipoda

New Latin, from amphi- + -poda


First Known Use: 1817


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