cladoceran

[ kluh-dos-er-uh n ]
/ kləˈdɒs ər ən /

noun

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.

adjective

Also cla·doc·er·ous [kluh-dos-er-uh s] /kləˈdɒs ər əs/. belonging or pertaining to the Cladocera.

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Origin of cladoceran

1905–10; < New Latin Cladocer(a) (clado- clado- + -cera, neuter plural of -cerus horned; see cero-) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for cladoceran

cladoceran
/ (kləˈdɒsərən) /

noun

any minute freshwater crustacean of the order Cladocera, which includes the water fleas

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Cladocera

Word Origin for cladoceran

C19: from New Latin Cladocera, from Greek klados shoot + keras horn
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