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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Only a few parts of the carapace produce the polarization, mainly the antennal scales, maxillipeds, and uropod scales.’
Late 19th century: from uro- ‘tail’ + Greek pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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