variants or less commonly skiapod
plural -s
: one of a mythological people having feet big enough for use as sunshades and living according to classic Greek mythology in Libya or according to medieval legend in which they were one-footed sometimes in India

Word History


Latin Sciapodes Sciapods, from Greek Skiapodes, from skia shadow + pod-, pous foot

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sciapod was in 1860

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“Sciapod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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