- any or several small, transparent crustaceans of the order Cladocera, having the body covered by a bivalve shell from which the head and antennae extend.
- Also cla·doc·er·ous [kluh-dos-er-uh s] /kləˈdɒs ər əs/. belonging or pertaining to the Cladocera.
Origin of cladoceran
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- any minute freshwater crustacean of the order Cladocera, which includes the water fleas
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Cladocera
C19: from New Latin Cladocera, from Greek klados shoot + keras horn
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