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.


pro- +‎ leg (Wiktionary)



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