Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In zo⊙l., a name given to various groups of animals. As used by Aristotle, the third division of Zootoka, or air-breathing animals which bring forth their young alive. It included the whales. This probably original use of the word still lingers in some systems. See . Those placental mammals which have no feet, as distinguished from the Pedota (which see). In ichthyology, same as
Apodes. In Cuvier's system of classification, the second order of echinoderms, contrasted with Pedicellata. It is a heterogeneous group, consisting of the following genera: Molpadia, Minyas, Priapulus, Lithodermis, Siphunculus, Bonellia, Thalassema; the first a holo-thurian, the second a cœlenterate, the rest gephyreans. With Van der Hoeven, an order of echinoderms. See Gephyrea. In Claus's arrangement, an order of holothurians, containing the families Synaptidæ and Molpadiidæ, the last of which constitutes his suborder Pneumonophora. In Macleay's system of classification, a division of Annelida, including those which have no feet or distinct head: opposed to Polypoda. It is divided into three groups, the Lumbricina, Nemertina, and Hirudinea, or the earthworms, nemerteans, and leeches, An order of Amphibia, same as Gymnophionaor Ophiomorpha, constituted by the family Cæciliidæ alone. A group of degraded parasitic cirripeds, having a vermiform body, a suctorial mouth, no thoracic or abdominal limbs (and consequently no cirri), and a rudimentary peduncle represented by two separate threads bearing the characteristic antenniform organs. There is but one genus, Proteolepas (which see).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A group of cirripeds, destitute of footlike organs.
- n. An order of Amphibia without feet. See ophiomorpha.
- n. A group of worms without appendages, as the leech.
“The wetland areas of the region support numerous waterfowl and native fish including the endemic brown mudfish (Neochanna apoda), which is considered a lower risk globally threatened species.”
“Selaginella apoda, or Meadow Spikemoss is a small, insignificant looking plant, common to eastern North America.”
“The Great Bird of Paradise (Paradisea apoda of Linnaeus) is the largest species known, being generally seventeen or eighteen inches from the beak to the tip of the tail.”
“The Paradisea apoda, as far as we have any certain knowledge, is confined to the mainland of the Aru Islands, never being found in the smaller islands which surround the central mass.”
“It is tolerably plentiful in the Aru Islands, which led to it, being brought to Europe at an early period along with Paradisea apoda.”
“The female differs remarkably front the same sex in Paradisea apoda, by being entirely white on the under surface of the body, and is thus a much handsomer bird.”
“It continually utters a harsh, creaking note, somewhat intermediate between that of Paradisea apoda, and the more musical cry of Cicinnurus regius.”
“If the giant bird Aepyornis maximus could exist without wings, why not a modest-sized Paradisea apoda without feet?”
“To me it suggests nothing so much as Paradisaea apoda, the greater bird of paradise, raising its plumes in lubricious display.”
“A tree with an accommodating shape—a sparse crown, horizontal limbs on which males can dance back and forth—might serve as a lek for many consecutive generations of P. apoda.”
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