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pteropod

[ter-uh-pod] /ˈtɛr əˌpɒd/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Pteropoda, a group of mollusks having the lateral portions of the foot expanded into winglike lobes used in swimming.
noun
2.
a pteropod mollusk.
Origin of pteropod
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin Pteropoda (plural); see ptero-, -pod
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  • In almost all Gasteropod and pteropod larv there is present a well-developed spindle muscle attaching the embryo to the shell.

  • An attempt I made at fishing with the net failed entirely—a pteropod (Clio borealis) and a few crustacea were the whole result.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
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pteropod

/ˈtɛrəˌpɒd/
noun
1.
any small marine gastropod mollusc of the group or order Pteropoda, in which the foot is expanded into two winglike lobes for swimming and the shell is absent or thin-walled Also called sea butterfly
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