Definition of phyllopod in US English:

phyllopod

noun

Zoology
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  • A branchiopod crustacean.

    • ‘Nonmarine occurrences of Rusophycus-like bilobed resting traces, widely recorded from Devonian to Permian subaqueous deposits, were probably produced by notostracan or phyllopod crustaceans.’
    • ‘Classified as phyllopods due to the leaf-like appearance of their legs, fairy shrimps ‘bloom’ in mineral-rich temporary ponds, reaching ridiculously dense concentrations.’
    • ‘The phyllopod bed is therefore exceptional for possessing both typical fossil bearing characteristics and unusual soft tissue preservation.’

Origin

From modern Latin Phyllopoda (former class name), from Greek phullon ‘leaf’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.

Pronunciation

phyllopod

/ˈfiləˌpäd/