proleg

noun
pro·​leg | \ ˈprō-ˌleg How to pronounce proleg (audio) , -ˌlāg \

Definition of proleg

: a fleshy leg that occurs on an abdominal segment of some insect larvae but not in the adult

First Known Use of proleg

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Proleg.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proleg. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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