any freshwater, marine, or terrestrial crustacean of the order or suborder Isopoda, having seven pairs of legs typically adapted for crawling, and a dorsoventrally flattened body, and including wood lice, several aquatic parasites of crabs and shrimps, and numerous swimming or bottom-dwelling species.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Isopoda.
having the feet all alike, or similar in character.
Origin: 1825–35; < Neo-LatinIsopoda. See iso-, -pod
isopod (ī'sə-pŏd') Pronunciation Key
Any of numerous mostly small crustaceans of the order Isopoda, characterized by a flattened body and a series of wide, armorlike plates covering the back. Isopods include the sow bugs, pill bugs, and gribbles.