[ brang-kee-uh-pod ]
/ ˈbræŋ ki əˌpɒd /


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.

Origin of branchiopod

From the New Latin word Branchiopoda, dating back to 1820–30. See branchio-, -pod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for branchiopod


/ (ˈbræŋkɪəˌpɒd) /


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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Science definitions for branchiopod


[ brăngkē-ə-pŏd′ ]

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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