max·​il·​li·​ped mak-ˈsi-lə-ˌped How to pronounce maxilliped (audio)
: any of the crustacean appendages that comprise the first pair or first three pairs situated next behind the maxillae

Word History


maxilla + -i- + -ped, after New Latin maxillipedes and French pieds-machoires

Note: The New Latin and French terms were introduced by the French zoologist Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833) in Encyclopédie méthodique - Histoire naturelle, tome dixième, Entomologie, ou Histoire naturelle des crustacés, des arachnides et des insectes (Paris, 1825), p. 123.

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maxilliped was in 1846

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“Maxilliped.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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