from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the stubby limbs on the abdominal segments of caterpillars and certain other insect larvae.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An appendage of the abdomen of some insect larvae, such as caterpillars, which is used like a leg.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the fleshy legs found on the abdominal segments of the larvæ of Lepidoptera, sawflies, and some other insects. Those of Lepidoptera have a circle of hooks. Called also proped, propleg, and falseleg.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In entomology, a false leg; a proped; one of the abdominal limbs or ambulatory processes of the larvæ of insects, usually fleshy and always distinct from the true thoracic legs.
In most caterpillars one of the rearmost segments is a primitive limb called a proleg, and is used for walking.
Beveridge (ad Pandect.proleg. p. 2) remarks, that the emperors never made new laws in ecclesiastical matters; and Giannone observes, in a very different spirit, that they gave a legal sanction to the canons of councils.
The movements made by the two types of caterpillar are similar, but in the proleg caterpillars the rear end stays put and the front lunges forward, while in the anal oar caterpillars the front end stays put and the rear moves backwards, making a scraping sound.
In in vitro experiments it was shown that inhibition of 14C N-acetylglucosamine incorporation into chitin by proleg epidermis is less pronounced at 20°C than at 25°, 30° and 35°C (Chandler et al.,
CLXXXVIII, 135-160), also edited by Watterich (Vitae Pontificum II, 323 - 374), and now to be read in Duchesne's edition of the Liber Pontificalis (II, 388-397; cf. proleg XXXVII-XLV), states that Boso, the author of it; was created cardinal-deacon of the title of Sts Cosmas and Damian, was chamberlain to Adrian and in constant and familiar attendance upon him from the commencement of his apostolate.
Theolog.tom. iii.proleg. 2) shows that this was a general complaint.
Socha said they "quantified the relative timing of the gut, body wall, and proleg movements during the individual crawls.