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hex·a·pod

 (hĕk′sə-pŏd′)
n.
Any of numerous six-legged arthropods of the subphylum Hexapoda, which includes the insects and several groups formerly classified as insects, such as the springtails.
adj.
1. Of or belonging to the subphylum Hexapoda.
2. Having six legs or feet.

[From New Latin Hexapoda, class name : Greek hexa-, hexa- + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

hex·ap′o·dous (hĕk-săp′ə-dəs) adj.
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Ramirez (1978; 1991) considered that Tetrapus seemed to be composed of two well defined groups: in one group (Tetrapus), the females have one mandibular appendage and the males are tetrapodous; in the other, the females have two mandibular appendages and the males are hexapodous. Boucek (1993) referred about three Tetrapus with the female mandible split from the apex; while Wiebes (1995), mentioned two saw-like appendages.
Springtails (Collembola) belong to the smallest group of hexapodous arthropods (most are only a few millimeters in length) and are the most diverse and widespread among (Hopkin 1997).
(Surasa, mentioned above, could on the other hand be a borrowing from Tulsi.) Be this as it may, a more obvious parallel to the hexapodous guise of the goddess can be found in Bengali mangal poetry where folk deities, including Durga, are often described changing into insects (usually a white fly); in one story the goddess is swallowed in this form by Goraksa Nath.