noun Zoology.
the basal portion of a two-branched crustacean leg or other appendage.
Also, protopod [proh-tuh-pod] .

1865–70; proto- + pod- + -ite1

protopoditic [pruh-top-uh-dit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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