One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The sixth and last pair of abdominal appendages of lobsters and related crustaceans, forming part of the tail fan.
- ‘Only a few parts of the carapace produce the polarization, mainly the antennal scales, maxillipeds, and uropod scales.’
- ‘In contrast, arthropods such as the lobster possess distinct maxillipeds, pereopods, pleopods, and uropods.’
- ‘By examining collected animals after the mission was over Dr. Caldwell discovered other species of deep water stomatopods that have different patterns of polarization on their uropods and tail.’
Late 19th century: from uro- ‘tail’ + Greek pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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