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Any of numerous invertebrate animals of the phylum Arthropoda, including the insects, crustaceans, arachnids, and myriapods, that are characterized by a chitinous exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed appendages.

[From New Latin Arthropoda, phylum name : arthro- + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

ar′thro·pod adj.
ar·throp′o·dan (är-thrŏp′ə-dən), ar·throp′o·dal (-dəl) adj.
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Adj.1.arthropodal - of or relating to invertebrates of the phylum Arthropodaarthropodal - of or relating to invertebrates of the phylum Arthropoda
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
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Mixed in with the hand-to-hand combat on an otherwise lifeless planetary surface is some spectacular space action in which giant battleships are set afire by huge effusions of arthropodal spittle, requiring quick escapes by Carmen and Zander, among others.