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par·a·po·di·um

 (păr′ə-pō′dē-əm)
n. pl. par·a·po·di·a (-dē-ə)
1. One of the fleshy paired appendages of polychaete annelids that function in locomotion and breathing.
2. A winglike extension of the foot of certain gastropods, such as the sea butterflies, used for swimming.

[New Latin : para- + Greek pous, pod-, foot; see podium.]

parapodium

(ˌpærəˈpəʊdɪəm)
n, pl -dia (-dɪə)
1. (Zoology) any of the paired unjointed lateral appendages of polychaete worms, used in locomotion, respiration, etc
2. (Zoology) any of various similar appendages of other invertebrates, esp certain molluscs
[New Latin: from para-1 + -podium]
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Noun1.parapodium - one of a pair of fleshy appendages of a polychete annelid that functions in locomotion and breathingparapodium - one of a pair of fleshy appendages of a polychete annelid that functions in locomotion and breathing
appendage, extremity, member - an external body part that projects from the body; "it is important to keep the extremities warm"
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Each body segment has a pair of fleshy protrusions called parapodia that bear many bristles, called chaetae, which are made of chitin.