Maxilliped definition

măk-sĭlə-pĕd
One of a set of three paired appendages on the thorax of a decapod crustacean, located just posterior to the maxillae and used in feeding.
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Any one limb of the three pairs of appendages behind the maxillae in crustaceans, esp. in decapods, modified for aid in feeding.
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One of a set of three paired appendages on the thorax of a decapod crustacean, located just posterior to the maxillae and used in feeding.
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One of the appendages on the heads of some crustaceans behind the maxillae, used for feeding.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
maxilliped
Plural:
maxillipeds

Origin of maxilliped

  • maxill(a) –ped

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition