hexapod

noun
hexa·pod | \ˈhek-sə-ˌpäd \

Definition of hexapod 

(Entry 1 of 2)

hexapod

adjective

Definition of hexapod (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : six-footed

2 : of or relating to insects

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the most part, the critters eat insects and collembolans, a soft-bodied hexapod. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Spiders Eat Up to 800 Million Tons of Prey Each Year," 16 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This was likely the trait that helped hexapod diversity take off; winged insects can zip away from predators and get at otherwise unreachable foods such as leaves and other insects. Lucas Joel, Scientific American, "Mysterious Insect Fossil Gap Explained," 1 May 2018 But advances in the understanding of atmospheric oxygen levels are challenging that idea, explains Sandra Schachat, a paleoentomologist at Stanford University, who led a recent study that modeled the gas's availability during the hexapod gap. Lucas Joel, Scientific American, "Mysterious Insect Fossil Gap Explained," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of hexapod

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hexapod

Noun

Greek hexapod-, hexapous having six feet, from hexa- + pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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