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GNATHOPODA, a term in zoological classification, suggested as an alternative name for the group Arthropoda (<?..). The word, which means " jaw-footed," refers to the fact that in the members of the group, some of the lateral appendages or " feet " in the region of the mouth act as jaws.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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