gas·​tro·​pod | \ ˈga-strə-ˌpäd How to pronounce gastropod (audio) \

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

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Examples of gastropod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Invertebrate groups that experienced diversification included horseshoe crab-like trilobites, clams, clam-like brachiopods and a group called gastropods that included snails and slugs. Will Dunham, Washington Post, "How an ancient ‘dust-up’ altered life on Earth," 24 Sep. 2019 After that were barnacles, then gastropods [such as snails and slugs], then bivalves such as clams. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Don’t Believe the Hype: The Pumice Raft Won’t Save the Great Barrier Reef," 30 Aug. 2019 The gastropod became extinct in the wild in the 1990s. Brittany Nader,, "Akron Zoo brings new exotic animals to June Curious Creatures exhibit," 15 May 2018 And a good first step is not eating raw gastropods. National Geographic, "Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)," 16 Mar. 2018 Scallops, for example, showcase a complex system of camouflage, with a colored shell on top and a white shell on the bottom; most gastropods are born with trapdoor-like devices called an operculum, which protect them from predators. Susan Glaser,, "In search of the perfect shell on Florida's Sanibel Island (photos)," 10 Jan. 2018 Sea angels’ lovely outward appearance and name belie their status as a kind of sea slug, related to other forms of snails in the gastropod class. National Geographic, "Rare Video Shows Sea Angels' Graceful Mating Dance," 7 Sep. 2017 The resulting creation, an art car called The Golden Mean, is a golden gastropod that glows in the dark and shoots rings of fire from its feelers. Lewis Wallace, WIRED, "Snail Car Is Born When Math, Dreams Collide," 29 Aug. 2008

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First Known Use of gastropod

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gastropod

New Latin Gastropoda, class name

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“Gastropod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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