The Collaborative International Dictionary
Apod \Ap"od\, Apode \Ap"ode\, n.; pl. Apodsor Apodes. [Gr. ?, ?, footless; 'a priv. + ?, ?, foot.] (Zo["o]l.) One of certain animals that have no feet or footlike organs; esp. one of certain fabulous birds which were said to have no feet.
Note: The bird of paradise formerly had the name Paradisea apoda, being supposed to have no feet, as these were wanting in the specimens first obtained from the East Indies. [1913 Webster] ||
n. An animal that has no feet or footlike organs