One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The anterior lobe of the foot in some molluscs, especially gastropods.
2A bone of the proximal or upper segment of the limb of a tetrapod (especially a reptile or amphibian), i.e. the humerus or femur; this segment of the limb.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Huxley (1825–1895), biologist and science educationist. From pro- + -podium.
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