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Swimmeret \Swim"mer*et\, n. (Zo["o]l.) One of a series of flat, fringed, and usually bilobed, appendages, of which several pairs occur on the abdominal somites of many crustaceans. They are used as fins in swimming.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1840, from swimmer (n.) + diminutive suffix. Related: Swimmerets.


n. (context zoology English) In decapods such as lobsters, one of the legs primarily used for swimming but also used for brooding the eggs (except in prawns) and catching food.


n. one of the paired abdominal appendages of certain aquatic crustaceans that function primarily for carrying the eggs in females and are usually adapted for swimming [syn: pleopod]

Swimmeret (album)

Swimmeret was the debut album of Espadrille, whose members were Alice Cohen (formerly of The Vels and Die Monster Die), instrumentalist Bill Miller, and drummer John Flack.

"Swimmeret" was issued in 2001 under the Spare Me Records label.

Usage examples of "swimmeret".

If the front row of swimmerets is soft and feathery, the lobster is female.