prop. n. plMalacopoda(Zoöl) A class of air-breathing Arthropoda; -- called also Protracheata, and Onychophora
.☞ They somewhat resemble myriapods, and have from seventeen to thirty-three pairs of short, imperfectly jointed legs, two pairs of simple jaws, and a pair of antennæ. The trancheæ are connected with numerous spiracles scattered over the surface of the body. Peripatus is the only known genus. See Peripatus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nmalacopodaA name given by E. R. Lankester to a grade of Gnathopoda (or Arthropoda) containing only the class Peripatidea, which itself consists of the single genus Peripatus, thus contrasted with a grade or series Condylopoda, including all other crustaceans, insects, etc.