gastropod

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noun gas·tro·pod \ ˈga-strə-ˌpäd \

Definition of gastropod

:any of a large class (Gastropoda) of mollusks (such as snails and slugs) usually with a univalve shell or none and a distinct head bearing sensory organs

gastropod

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gastropod

New Latin Gastropoda, class name


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