proleg

noun

pro·​leg ˈprō-ˌleg How to pronounce proleg (audio)
-ˌlāg
: a fleshy leg that occurs on an abdominal segment of some insect larvae but not in the adult

Examples of proleg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In contrast, the green cloverworm is one of the species with only four pairs of prolegs (the pairs on the middle abdominal segments and one pair on the last abdominal segment). oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of proleg was in 1817

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“Proleg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proleg. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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proleg

noun
pro·​leg ˈprō-ˌleg How to pronounce proleg (audio)
: a fleshy leg on the abdomen of some insect larvae

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