Definition of hexapod in English:

hexapod

noun

  • 1Entomology
    A six-legged arthropod belonging to the class "Hexapoda"

    ‘researchers noted that hexapods and crustaceans shared a different set of important morphological characters’
    ‘the oldest known land animal is a hexapod found in Scotland, dated at 405 million years’
    • ‘Phylogenetic analyses of a wide variety of gene sequences all support the hypothesis that hexapods and crustaceans form a monophyletic group to the exclusion of myriapods and chelicerates.’
    • ‘The matter focuses on an order of minuscule hexapods called collembolans, or springtails, which includes thousands of species.’
    • ‘Major sections cover the relationships and evolution of each order of hexapods, or six-legged creatures.’
    • ‘There are three lineages of primitively wingless hexapods that lack a dorsal appendage branch, and one, the Archaeognatha, with such a branch.’
    • ‘Presumably (assuming insects do derive from Crustacea) primitive hexapods evolved from marginal marine and amphibious crustaceans during the late Silurian or early Devonian.’
  • 2A six-legged robot.

    ‘each of the hexapod's legs are equipped with pressure sensors which allow the bot to respond to its terrain’
    • ‘The hexapod had to be considerably lightened and overhauled with a body made from carbon fiber instead of ABS plastic.’
    • ‘It is actually the second version of the largest all-terrain hexapod in the world.’
    • ‘We just saw a hexapod which deposits hot glue as it roams.’
    • ‘With six legs, the hexapod tootles along quite happily at 26 centimeters per second.’
    • ‘The hexapod is ideal for many applications including industrial automation and manufacturing.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek hexapous, hexapod-, from hex ‘six’ + pous ‘foot’.

Pronunciation

hexapod

/ˈhɛksəpɒd/