Definition of Scaphopoda in English:

Scaphopoda

plural noun

Zoology
  • A class of molluscs that comprises the tusk shells.

    • ‘It is also now generally thought that they were ancestral to the Cephalopoda and Scaphopoda as well.’
    • ‘According to Engeser & Riedel, during the Devonian, the conocardoid rostroconchs gave rise to the Scaphopoda, which therefore are technically Rostroconchia (in the same way that birds are dinosaurs).’
    • ‘There are approximately 900 species of Scaphopoda, commonly called tusk shells.’
    • ‘Recent evaluations of morphological and paleontological data as well as 18S rRNA sequences alternatively conclude that Scaphopoda is the sister group to Cephalopoda.’
    • ‘The assemblage of Bivalvia, Gastropoda and Scaphopoda contains 24 species, of which 13 are considered new, and is unequivocally the best-preserved Cretaceous molluscan fauna from the Australian region.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek skaphē boat + pous, pod- foot.

Pronunciation:

Scaphopoda

/ˌskafəˈpəʊdə/