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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.


relating to arthropods
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Adj.1.arthropodan - of or relating to invertebrates of the phylum Arthropodaarthropodan - of or relating to invertebrates of the phylum Arthropoda
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
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Origin of the insect wing and wing articulation from the arthropodan leg.
We conclude that the diet of the two syntopic frog species studied are composed of arthropodan prey, and that despite sharing similar microhabitat and activity (thus potentially exposed to a similar array of prey), they tend to differ somewhat in diet (about 40%) which may result from some intrinsic ecological aspects to each of them (e.