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any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, including the barnacles, the adults of which are sessile or parasitic
of, relating to, or belonging to the Cirripedia
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cirripede (sîr'ə-pēd') also cirriped
Any of various small marine crustaceans of the subclass Cirripedia, which includes the barnacles. Some cirripedes become internal parasites of other marine invertebrates in the adult stage, while others (the barnacles) attach themselves to objects and grow a hard shell. Cirripedes are related to copepods.
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