Definition of Hexapoda in English:


plural noun

  • 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.

    • ‘The superclass Hexapoda includes so-called true insects and several classes of primitive wingless proto-insects.’
    • ‘These two clades, together with the true insects, form the clade Hexapoda.’
    • ‘However, a rival theory - the Pancrustacea hypothesis - suggests that the Crustacea are the stock from which the Hexapoda arose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.