cirripede

cirriped (ˈsɪrɪˌpɛd)

/ (ˈsɪrɪˌpiːd) /

noun

any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, including the barnacles, the adults of which are sessile or parasitic

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Cirripedia

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Scientific definitions for cirripede

cirripede
[ sîrə-pēd′ ]

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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