1769, from Greek apous (from apod- "footless," from a-, privative prefix, see a- (3), + pous "foot;" see foot (letter.)) + -al.
(of snakes and eels) normally footless
- Without legs; footless.
- Destitute of the ventral fin, whilst the eels.
(letter.) Without legs; footless.
- (letter.) Destitute of the ventral fin, as the eels.
The larvae are white, fleshy, apodal grubs, with a series of tubercles along each side of the body; the head is round, and bears strong jaws, and sometimes rudimentary ocelli.