Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous crustaceans of the order Isopoda, characterized by a flattened body bearing seven pairs of legs and including the sow bugs and gribbles.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the order Isopoda.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of very many crustaceans, of the order Isopoda, that have a flattened body, and no carapace

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the legs similar in structure; belonging to the Isopoda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the feet all alike, or similar in character; specifically, pertaining to the Isopoda or having their characters. Also isopodous.
  • n. An isopod crustacean; any one of the Isopoda.
  • n. Also isopodan, isopode.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various small terrestrial or aquatic crustaceans with seven pairs of legs adapted for crawling

Etymologies

From New Latin Īsopoda, order name : iso- + New Latin -poda, -pod.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It is the isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, a scavenger of dead and rotten flesh on the mud floor of the gulf.

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  • Ever since I saw the picture of the giant isopod brought up the the submarine crew last week, I was fascinated by this creature, which amounts to a deep water-dwelling pillbug.

    April 2010

  • According to an article from Fox News, the Bathynomus giganteus henceforth known as "Bart" is a type of giant isopod, "a large crustacean that dwells in deep Atlantic and Pacific waters."

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • The sound of “sessile eye of the isopod” is so hissingly sussurant.

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  • As part of the ANDEEP (Antarctic Benthic Deep-Sea Biodiversity) Project, scientists “spotted 674 species of isopod (a diverse order of crustaceans), most of which had never previously been described; more than 200 polychaete species (marine worms), 81 of which were found to be new species; and 76 sponges, 17 of which had previously been unknown.”

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • Response to an avian predator and its isopod prey to an acanthocephalan parasite.

    Parasite Rex

  • The giant isopod, known scientifically as Bathynomus giganteus, is the largest known member of the isopod family.

    10 Horrible Deep See Creatures | Impact Lab

  • Food is extremely scarce at these great depths, so the isopod has adapted to eat what ever happens to fall to the ocean floor from above.

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  • Three new genera and 12 new species of terrestrial isopod have been recorded and recently anew species of talitrid amphipod from the top of Mount Gower was described.

    Lord Howe Island Group, Australia

  • The tongue-eating isopod, Cymothoa exigua, lives in the mouth of the rose snapper (Lutjanus guttatus) and causes tongue stub and the floor of the fish's mouth and resembles the missing tongue!

    Crustacea

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  • these little guys rock!

    April 13, 2009