any crustacean of the class (or subclass) Branchiopoda, having flattened, footlike appendages that bear respiratory organs.
Also bran·chi·op·o·dous [brang-kee-op-uh-duh s] /ˌbræŋ kiˈɒp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the Branchiopoda.
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In short, she was a branchiopod, to be vulgarly precise, a water-flea."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
any crustacean of the mainly freshwater subclass Branchiopoda, having flattened limblike appendages for swimming, feeding, and respiration. The group includes the water fleas
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Any of various primitive aquatic crustaceans of the class Branchiopoda, such as the fairy shrimp and water flea. Branchiopods are characterized by flattened, leaflike thoracic appendages.
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