Pronunciation : Mal`a*cop"o*da Part of Speech : n. Etymology : [NL., fr. Gr. -poda.] (Zoöl.) Definition : Defn: A class of air-breathing Arthropoda; -- called also Protracheata, and Onychophora.
Note: They somewhat resemble myriapods, and have from seventeen to thirty-three pairs of short, imperfectly jointed legs, two pairs of simple jaws, and a pair of antennæ. The trancheæ are connected with numerous spiracles scattered over the surface of the body. Peripatus is the only known genus. See Peripatus.
pl. Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913