One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’.
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