Science Word in the News: ARTHROPOD
Some are pretty. Some are not.
Some are huge. Some . . . a dot.
They outnumber us, 200 to one.
You can’t escape them; there’s no place to run.
They live high and low, in Earth’s every nook . . .
Even in your room. Go look.
Definition: An ARTHROPOD is an animal with jointed legs, an external skeleton, and a segmented body.
Derivation: ARTHROPOD comes from two Greek words.
Arthro means joint and podos means foot.
Other words with these roots:
Arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints
Podiatrist, a doctor who treats foot problems
Tripod, a three-legged stand
Insects, such as butterflies and ants
Did You Know?
A scientific survey found that an average of 100 arthropod species live in every American home. Some roam in search of food crumbs. Others hunt for hair or nail clippings.
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