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Definition of "isopod" [i•so•pod]

  • Any of numerous crustaceans of the order Isopoda, characterized by a flattened body bearing seven pairs of legs and including the sow bugs and gribbles. (noun)
  • Of or belonging to the order Isopoda. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "isopod" in a sentence
  • "It is the isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, a scavenger of dead and rotten flesh on the mud floor of the gulf."
  • "Ever since I saw the picture of the giant isopod brought up the the submarine crew last week, I was fascinated by this creature, which amounts to a deep water-dwelling pillbug."
  • "According to an article from Fox News, the Bathynomus giganteus henceforth known as "Bart" is a type of giant isopod, "a large crustacean that dwells in deep Atlantic and Pacific waters.""