Swimmeret Swim"mer*et, n. (Zo["o]l.) One of a series of flat, fringed, and usually bilobed, appendages, of which several pairs occur on the abdominal somites of many crustaceans. They are used as fins in swimming. [1913 Webster]

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  • swimmeret — 1840, from agent noun from SWIM (Cf. swim) (v.) + dim. suffix. Related: Swimmerets …   Etymology dictionary

  • swimmeret — [swim′ər et΄] n. any of the small, abdominal appendages, or pleopods, in certain crustaceans, used primarily in swimming and for carrying eggs …   English World dictionary

  • swimmeret — noun Date: 1840 one of a series of small unspecialized appendages under the abdomen of many crustaceans that are best developed in some decapods (as a lobster) and usually function in locomotion or reproduction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • swimmeret — n. [A.S. swimman, to swim] (ARTHROPODA: Crustacea) An abdominal appendage functioning as a swimming organ; pleopod …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • swimmeret — /swim euh ret /, n. (in many crustaceans) one of a number of abdominal limbs or appendages, usually adapted for swimming and for carrying eggs, as distinguished from other limbs adapted for walking or seizing. [1830 40; SWIMMER + ET] * * * …   Universalium

  • swimmeret — noun In decapods such as lobsters, swimmerets, technically called pleopods, are legs primarily used for swimming but also used for brooding the eggs (except in prawns) and catching food …   Wiktionary

  • swimmeret — See: pleopod [Martin, 2005]. See: pleopod [Butler, T.H.]. See^ pleopod [McLaughlin, 1980]. (Order Decapoda): Pleopod [Stachowitsch, 1992] …   Crustacea glossary

  • swimmeret — swim·mer·et || swɪmÉ™ ret / swɪmÉ™ret n. any of the pair of small abdominal limbs or appendages in several crustaceans …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swimmeret — [ swɪmərɛt] noun Zoology a forked swimming limb attached to a crustacean s abdomen …   English new terms dictionary

  • swimmeret — swim·mer·et …   English syllables

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