iso·​pod | \ ˈī-sə-ˌpäd How to pronounce isopod (audio) \

Definition of isopod

: any of a large order (Isopoda) of small sessile-eyed aquatic or terrestrial crustaceans with the body composed of seven free thoracic segments each bearing a pair of similar legs

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isopod adjective

Examples of isopod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chilly waters also slow the metabolism of some species, like giant isopods, so that an environment with minimal food isn’t as problematic. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 8 Oct. 2019 Chief among these sea bottom dwellers are giant isopods, scientifically known as Bathynomus giganteus. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 12 Apr. 2019 Giant isopods can go a remarkable four years without food. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 12 Apr. 2019 Most were spineless marine critters: sea stars, sea slugs, oysters, barnacles, mussels, amphipods, bryozoans and isopods. Ben Guarino, Alaska Dispatch News, 29 Sep. 2017 The connective tissue between the Surface Book’s base and display is an isopod-like piece of aluminum that flexes back and forth thanks to four rotational points. Margaret Rhodes, WIRED, 7 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of isopod

circa 1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for isopod

ultimately from Greek is- + pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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The first known use of isopod was circa 1835

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“Isopod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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