Definition: Arthropoda

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Arthropoda (ahr-THROPP-uh-duh): zool. taxon. — a phylum of animals first described by Pierre André Latreille [November 20, 1762 – February 6, 1833], a French zoologist, in 1829, using two Gr. roots: αρθρον “arthron” = jointed, + ποδ “pod” = foot: in reference to animals with jointed feet, but in the more narrow context of the invertebrates, which have segmented bodies as well as jointed appendages.

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For similar words, see Glossary of Science — A

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