One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Without feet or having only rudimentary feet.
- ‘Firstly, all apodous squamates have ribs starting on or before the fourth vertebra.’
- ‘They present a region composed of apodous segments in the posterior portion, before the telson, called the growth zone, which develops new segments and new pairs of legs at every molt.’
- ‘Should the two insects, however, hereafter prove to be equally apodous in the second stage, the character will become generically important.’
- ‘The larva is apodous and feeds on the flower head, fruits, seeds, stem or roots.’
- ‘The larvae are eruciform and apodous meaning they look like a caterpillar with no legs.’
Early 19th century: from Greek apous, apod- ‘footless’ (from a- ‘without’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’) + -ous.
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