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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century: from Greek apous, apod- ‘footless’ (from a- ‘without’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’) + -ous.
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