One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The inner branch of the biramous limb or appendage of a crustacean.
- ‘In some crustacean groups appendages have large, flattened exopods, endopods, epipodites and endites.’
- ‘Many specimens have been dissected, and it has been found that the endopodites of the female fifth legs show a variation from 13 segments, bearing from 04 spines’
- ‘While the endopod is 5-segmented and long.’
- ‘Some endites of the endopod expose one spine, some have two and a few others three or even more.’
Late 19th century: from endo- ‘within’ + Greek pous, pod- ‘foot’ + -ite.
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