One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The segment nearest the body in the leg of an arthropod, especially a crustacean.
- ‘Each maxillary appendage comprises a basal coxopodite with a ventral endite.’
- ‘The proximal articulation of the coxopodite with the body is indistinguishable.’
- ‘The right coxopodite is acutely triangular in shape with the basal segment narrow and wholly lateral.’
- ‘Segments 2-7 each bear a single undivided ventral sclerite or sternite and a pair of coxopodites.’
Late 19th century: from Latin coxa ‘hip’ + Greek pous, pod- ‘foot’ + -ite.
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