Definition of body plan in English:

body plan

noun

  • 1Shipbuilding
    Shipbuilding an end elevation of a ship, showing the breadth, contour of the sides, etc., at various points along its length (in wooden ships at the principal timbers).

  • 2Zoology
    Zoology the general anatomical organization typical of animals of a particular phylum or other major group.

Origin

Late 18th century.