Malacopoda
Malacopoda Mal`a*cop"o*da, prop. n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. malako`s soft + -poda.] (Zo["o]l.) A class of air-breathing Arthropoda; -- called also {Protracheata}, and {Onychophora}. [1913 Webster]

Note: They somewhat resemble myriapods, and have from seventeen to thirty-three pairs of short, imperfectly jointed legs, two pairs of simple jaws, and a pair of antenn[ae]. The tranche[ae] are connected with numerous spiracles scattered over the surface of the body. {Peripatus} is the only known genus. See {Peripatus}. [1913 Webster]


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  • malacopoda — mal·a·cop·o·da …   English syllables

  • malacopoda — ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈkäpədə Etymology: New Latin, from malac + poda synonym of onychophora …   Useful english dictionary

  • Onychophora — Malacopoda Mal a*cop o*da, prop. n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. malako s soft + poda.] (Zo[ o]l.) A class of air breathing Arthropoda; called also {Protracheata}, and {Onychophora}. [1913 Webster] Note: They somewhat resemble myriapods, and have from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Protracheata — Malacopoda Mal a*cop o*da, prop. n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. malako s soft + poda.] (Zo[ o]l.) A class of air breathing Arthropoda; called also {Protracheata}, and {Onychophora}. [1913 Webster] Note: They somewhat resemble myriapods, and have from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • onychophoran — n. Any of numerous velvety skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms; a member of the Onychophora, also called Malacopoda. See {Malacopoda}. Syn: velvet worm,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Articulata — Ar*tic u*la ta ([aum]r*t[i^]k [ u]*l[=a] t[.a]), n. pl. [Neut. pl. from L. articulatus furnished with joints, distinct, p. p. of articulare. See {Article}, v.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. One of the four subkingdoms in the classification of Cuvier. It has been …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Onychophora — On y*choph o*ra, n. pl. [NL., from Gr. ?, ?, a claw + ?.] (Zo[ o]l.) Malacopoda. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peripatus — Pe*rip a*tus, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a walking about.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of lowly organized arthropods, found in South Africa, Australia, and tropical America. It constitutes the order Malacopoda. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prototracheata — Pro to*tra che*a ta, n. pl. [NL. See {Proto }, and {Trachea}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Malacopoda}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Protracheata — Pro*tra che*a ta, n. pl. [NL. See {Pro }, and {Trachea}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Malacopoda}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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