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.


For similar words, see Glossary of Science — A

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