Definition of polypod in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpäləˌpäd/ /ˈpɑləˌpɑd/


  • Having many feet or similar appendages, especially denoting a phase of insect larval development characterized by a segmented abdomen with rudimentary or functional appendages.

    ‘the general prevalence of this polypod condition’
    • ‘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’.