ar·​thro·​pod | \ ˈär-thrə-ˌpäd How to pronounce arthropod (audio) \

Definition of arthropod

: any of a phylum (Arthropoda) of invertebrate animals (such 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

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Other Words from arthropod

arthropod adjective
arthropodan \ är-​ˈthrä-​pə-​dən How to pronounce arthropodan (audio) \ adjective

Examples of arthropod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hearty arthropods, which have roamed the earth for millions of years, can indeed be unwanted guests. Peter Prengaman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘I’ve got one!’ Hunting neon scorpions in the Arizona desert," 19 Sep. 2019 And giant African millipedes (the same species of arthropods that escaped from a package addressed to Wlodzimie Lapkiewicz)? Jani Actman, National Geographic, "Bug smuggling is big business," 5 Sep. 2019 Researchers found the previously unknown arthropod while conducting a survey at the landmark Green-Wood Cemetery, a burial ground with rolling hills, towering trees and curated gardens that spread over 478 acres near Sunset Park. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Meet the Beetles: Newly Discovered Brooklynites Have 6 Legs," 1 Aug. 2019 This shedding may explain the aggregations of multiple Cambroraster in one place, Moysiuk notes, as modern arthropods often come together to exuviate their old exoskeletons. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Ocean Predator Resembles a Large and Vicious Horseshoe Crab," 31 July 2019 That's the area where a team of paleontologists affiliated with the Royal Ontario Museum discovered this latest arthropod. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists name new fossil species after Millennium Falcon from Star Wars," 3 Aug. 2019 The Maine Lobster Festival is underway, with festivalgoers planning to eat hundreds of the state’s beloved arthropods and crown a new sea goddess. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 Expedition leader Jean-Bernard Caron of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto and Moysiuk place it in the radiodontans, a long-enigmatic group of extinct arthropods. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "‘Millennium Falcon’ predator soared across ocean floor at dawn of animal life," 30 July 2019 They are known to feed on fungus, particularly the mildew type and possibly arthropods such as mites, aphids, and scale insects., "Ask an Expert: What’s the best fertilizer for tomatoes?," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of arthropod

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arthropod

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

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of arthropod was in 1857

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ar·​thro·​pod | \ ˈär-thrə-ˌpäd How to pronounce arthropod (audio) \

Kids Definition of arthropod

: any of a large group of animals (as crabs, insects, and spiders) with jointed limbs and a body made up of segments

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