ptero·​pod | \ ˈter-ə-ˌpäd How to pronounce pteropod (audio) \

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

Examples of pteropod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pteropod.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pteropod

Statistics for pteropod

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pteropod

The first known use of pteropod was in 1833

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on pteropod Encyclopedia article about pteropod

Comments on pteropod

What made you want to look up pteropod? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


concealment of treason or felony

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!