parapodium

noun

para·​po·​di·​um ˌper-ə-ˈpō-dē-əm How to pronounce parapodium (audio)
ˌpa-rə-
plural parapodia ˌper-ə-ˈpō-dē-ə How to pronounce parapodium (audio)
ˌpa-rə-
1
: either of a pair of fleshy lateral processes borne by most segments of a polychaete worm
2
: a lateral expansion on each side of the foot usually forming a broad swimming organ in some gastropods
parapodial adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of parapodium was in 1856

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“Parapodium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parapodium. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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