Definition of Gastropoda in English:

Gastropoda

plural noun

Zoology
  • A large class of molluscs which includes snails, slugs, whelks, and all terrestrial kinds. They have a large muscular foot for movement and (in many kinds) a single asymmetrical spiral shell.

    • ‘In the traditional classification system, the class Gastropoda has been divided into three subclasses, Prosobranchia, Pulmonata, and Opisthobranchia.’
    • ‘Here we cover a few groups that seem to be very close to the crown group Gastropoda (slugs + limpets).’
    • ‘Slugs are soft-bodied animals belonging to a class called Gastropoda (not insects).’
    • ‘The oval, flat foot is characteristic of the classes Monoplacophora, Polyplacophora and Gastropoda.’
    • ‘Theoretical issues include which taxa even belong to the Gastropoda and macroevolutionary patterns such as the pervasiveness of trends and shifting rates of morphologic change and cladogenesis.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek gastēr, gastr- ‘stomach’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.

Pronunciation

Gastropoda

/ˌɡastrəˈpəʊdə//ɡasˈtrɒpədə/