Malacopoda : Definition


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Definitions of Malacopoda

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.

Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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