An invertebrate animal of the phylum Arthropoda, characterized by a chitinous exoskeleton and multiple jointed appendages.
See Also: arthropodean

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  • Arthropod — Ar thro*pod, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Arthropoda. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arthropod — (n.) 1877, from Mod.L. Arthropoda, lit. those with jointed feet, biological classification of the phylum of segmented, legged invertebrates; see ARTHROPODA (Cf. Arthropoda) …   Etymology dictionary

  • arthropod — ► NOUN Zoology ▪ an invertebrate animal with a segmented body, external skeleton, and jointed limbs, such as an insect, spider, or crustacean. ORIGIN from Greek arthron joint + pous foot …   English terms dictionary

  • arthropod — [är′thrōpäd΄, är′thrəpäd΄] n. [ ARTHRO + POD] any of the largest phylum (Arthropoda) of invertebrate animals with jointed legs, a segmented body, and an exoskeleton, including insects, crustaceans, arachnids, and myriapods arthropodal [är thräp′ə …   English World dictionary

  • Arthropod — Temporal range: 540–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • arthropod — /ahr threuh pod /, n. 1. any invertebrate of the phylum Arthropoda, having a segmented body, jointed limbs, and usually a chitinous shell that undergoes moltings, including the insects, spiders and other arachnids, crustaceans, and myriapods. adj …   Universalium

  • arthropod — UK [ˈɑː(r)θrəpɒd] / US [ˈɑrθrəˌpɑd] noun [countable] Word forms arthropod : singular arthropod plural arthropods biology a type of animal that has jointed legs, a body divided into several parts, and a skeleton on the outside. Insects are… …   English dictionary

  • arthropod — noun Etymology: New Latin Arthropoda, from arthr + Greek pod , pous foot more at foot Date: 1876 any of a phylum (Arthropoda) of invertebrate animals (as insects, arachnids, and crustaceans) that have a segmented body and jointed appendages, a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Arthropod — …   Википедия

  • arthropod — n. [Gr. arthron, joint; pous, foot] A phylum of invertebrates that contains the chitinous segmented, exoskeletoned, jointed legged animals, such as centipedes, millipedes, insects, crustaceans, spiders, scorpions, and many other less well known… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • arthropod — The largest phylum of the animal kingdom, containing several million species. Arthropods are characterized by a rigid external skeleton, paired and jointed legs, and a haemocoel. The phylum Arthropoda includes the major classes Insecta, Crustacea …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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