One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A class of six-legged arthropods that comprises the insects. The name is used as another term for Insecta, especially when the primitive apterygotes are not considered to be true insects.
- ‘Arachnida and Merostomata (horseshoe crabs) are the two extant subclasses that make up the Chelicerata, and Chelicerata, Hexapoda, Crustacea, and Myriapoda together constitute the phylum Arthropoda.’
- ‘The superclass Hexapoda includes so-called true insects and several classes of primitive wingless proto-insects.’
- ‘However, a rival theory - the Pancrustacea hypothesis - suggests that the Crustacea are the stock from which the Hexapoda arose.’
- ‘These two clades, together with the true insects, form the clade Hexapoda.’
- ‘However, further study of the data suggests a change in dominance over time from the Trilobita to the Hexapoda and Myriapoda.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek hexapous, hexapod-, from hex ‘six’ + pous ‘foot’.
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