Definition of pteropod in English:

pteropod

Pronunciation /ˈterəˌpäd/ /ˈtɛrəˌpɑd/

noun

Zoology
  • A small mollusk with winglike extensions to its body that it uses for swimming.

    Orders Thecosomata (with shells) and Gymnosomata (lacking shells), class Gastropoda

    • ‘The commonest macrofaunal elements of the Carriacou succession are benthic molluscs, pteropods, scleractinian corals and, particularly in the Grand Bay Formation, articulate brachiopods (Donovan and Harper, 1997, in press).’
    • ‘The unusual relationship between the pelagic mollusc Clione antarctica, a pteropod, and its amphipod abductor has been described as ‘antagonistic symbiosis’.’
    • ‘Initially, Walcott considered Matthevia to be a snail, either a pteropod or a new form of equivalent rank, although he made this assignment with reservation.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from modern Latin Pteropoda (plural), from Greek pteron ‘wing’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.

Pronunciation

pteropod

/ˈterəˌpäd/ /ˈtɛrəˌpɑd/