pteropod

noun
ptero·​pod | \ˈter-ə-ˌpäd \

Definition of pteropod 

: any of the opisthobranch mollusks comprising two orders (Thecosomata and Gymnosomata) and having the anterior lobes of the foot expanded into broad thin winglike swimming organs

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Mucous-mesh grazers include salps, pyrosomes, doliolids, pteropods and appendicularians. Kelly Sutherland, Smithsonian, "These Strange Ocean Creatures Trap Their Food In a Net of Mucus," 3 May 2018 Already, the shells of some animals are thinning, plankton are having trouble growing, and sea animals ranging from scallops to pteropods are dying out. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of pteropod

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pteropod

New Latin Pteropoda, group name, from Greek pteron wing + New Latin -poda

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