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Hexapod \Hex"a*pod\, a. [Gr. ?, ?, sixfooted; "e`x six + ?, ?, foot: cf. F. hexapode.] Having six feet. -- n. (Zo["o]l.) An animal having six feet; one of the Hexapoda.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1660s, from Greek hex "six" (see six) + pod, from Greek pod-, stem of pous "foot" (see foot (n.)). As an adjective from 1856.


a. Having six feet, six-footed; belonging to the subphylum ''Hexapoda'', hexapodous. n. 1 Any organism or being with six legs. 2 An arthropod with six feet; a member of subphylum Hexapoda. 3 (context dated English) An insect.


Hexapod (from Ancient Greek hex "six" and pous, stem pod-, "foot") may refer to:

  • Subphylum Hexapoda, a group of arthropods including the insects
  • Hexapod (robotics), six-legged or six-armed robots
  • Stewart platform, a machine platform supported by six struts, used in robotics
  • Hexapod-Telescope, a telescope in Chile mounted on a Stewart platform chassis frame
  • Family Hexapodidae
Hexapod (robotics)

A six-legged walking robot should not be confused with a Stewart platform, a kind of parallel manipulator used in robotics applications. A hexapod robot is a mechanical vehicle that walks on six legs. Since a robot can be statically stable on three or more legs, a hexapod robot has a great deal of flexibility in how it can move. If legs become disabled, the robot may still be able to walk. Furthermore, not all of the robot's legs are needed for stability; other legs are free to reach new foot placements or manipulate a payload.

Many hexapod robots are biologically inspired by Hexapoda locomotion. Hexapods may be used to test biological theories about insect locomotion, motor control, and neurobiology.

Usage examples of "hexapod".

Her suppressed mirth seemed to release something in the hexapod at the same time.

Like the little hexie, the big hexapod began a subaudible rumbling she could practically feel in her bones, like sound waves so deeply bass, only the vibrations could be sensed.

The one with the broken bones had been tossed against a box by a big hexapod rearing up and using its front pair of appendages like hands to grab the woman and throw her like a rag doll.

He ran his hands over the crest of the hexapod he had named Beeswax and was rewarded with a rumbling vibration.

On the way, she was startled to see the remains of a hexapod, along with the body of its presumed human companion.

I endured storm and shipwreck only to be cast where not a hexapod is to be seen?

There sat Benedict with what he persuaded himself was some new African hexapod perched upon his head, and agitated by doubts as to the direction in which it would move.

His momentary feeling of astonishment, however, gave way to his eagerness to follow up the hexapod, and he continued burrowing like a ferret.

He watched with unflagging vigilance, and it was only when the hexapod expanded its wings as if for flight that he prepared to imprison it in the hollow of his hand.

The hexapod spun about, faster than looked possible for a creature of such bulk, and charged again.

A dozen sleep periods later, the big hexapods were turned loose and she had little chance to think of anything else for a long time.

She had seen a few skeletons of hexapods at the last place but had presumed they all perished there.

The bizarre hexapods did indeed feed upon those unfortunate creatures who had been caught and killed by the flames.

The video duly showed the hexapods, hooting, standing over a prone and writhing Keff.

These creatures were the product of long breeding, the quadrupeds and hexapods heavily haired, the big neomoas similarly well feathered.