Having many feet or footlike appendages, especially denoting a phase of insect larval development characterized by a segmented abdomen with rudimentary or functional appendages.
- ‘The insect embryo in its development passes from a protopod stage to what is termed a polypod form.’
- ‘The polypod larvae, like the. caterpillars, have legs and pseudopods.’
Mid 18th century (as a noun denoting an animal having many feet): from French polypode many-footed from Greek polupous, polupod-, from polu- many + pous, pod- foot.