from The Century Dictionary.
- The swimmerets or appendages of the abdomen of some crustaceans. They may be natatory or branchial in function, or used for retaining the eggs until hatched. In some cases they are rudimentary or lacking entirely or in part.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Plural form of
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The comprehension of the feet of the hind-body and tail in a single group (as "fausses pattes abdominales," or as "pleopoda") seems not to be justifiable.
To this primitive body belong the two pairs of antennae, the mandibles and the caudal feet ( "posterior pair of pleopoda," Sp. B.).