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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pleopod one of the paired abdominal appendages of certain aquatic crustaceans that function primarily for carrying the eggs in females and are usually adapted for swimming
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pleopod (Zoöl) One of the abdominal legs of a crustacean. See Illust. under Crustacea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pleopod One of the abdominal limbs of a crustacean; a swimmeret. The pleopods are the typical natatory limbs, or swimming-feet, succeeding the pereiopods or walking-feet.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. to swim + -pod,


In literature:

In the female the pleopods serve to carry the eggs and the first two pairs are very small or absent.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg