pyc·​no·​go·​nid pik-ˈnä-gə-nəd How to pronounce pycnogonid (audio) ˌpik-nə-ˈgä-nəd How to pronounce pycnogonid (audio)

Examples of pycnogonid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Found in the Antarctic, this male pycnogonid spider (or a distant relative of a spider, anyway) bears its own eggs. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2022 Sea spiders, also known as pycnogonids, aren’t actual spiders. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 10 July 2017

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Word History


ultimately from Greek pyknos + gony knee — more at knee entry 1

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pycnogonid was in 1869

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“Pycnogonid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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