Maxilliped

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Maxilliped (Zoöl) One of the mouth appendages of Crustacea, situated next behind the maxillæ. Crabs have three pairs, but many of the lower Crustacea have but one pair of them. Called also jawfoot, and foot jaw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maxilliped In Crustacea, a foot-jaw or gnathopodite; one of the several limbs which are so modified as to partake of the characters of both jaw and foot, serving for the purpose of both mastication and locomotion. They are the posterior three of the gnathites or appendages of the mouth, the remainder being two pairs of maxillæ and one pair of mandibles. See cuts under Podophthalmia and Cryptophialus.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Maxilla, + L. pes, pedis, foot

Usage

In literature:

The mouth, farther back, between the maxillipeds.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
In the young Lobster, when just hatched from the egg, however, each of the legs has a large exopodite like that of the third maxilliped.
"The Life of Crustacea" by William Thomas Calman
The maxillipeds increase in size from first to third pair.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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