plural noun

: any of several different groups of animals that have been so named from their lacking limbs or feet: such as
: an order of slender wormlike holothurians that lack tube feet and radial ambulacral vessels compare holothurioidea
: a group of fishes without pelvic fins
: an order or suborder of parasitic segmented cirripedes
: worms without appendages (such as the leeches)

Word History


New Latin, from Greek, neuter plural of apod-, apous footless

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“Apoda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Apoda. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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