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copepod

[ koh-puh-pod ]
/ ˈkoʊ pəˌpɒd /
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noun
any of numerous tiny marine or freshwater crustaceans of the order (or subclass) Copepoda, lacking compound eyes or a carapace and usually having six pairs of limbs on the thorax, some abundant in plankton and others parasitic on fish.
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Origin of copepod

1830–40; <New Latin Copepoda name of the order <Greek kṓpē a handle, oar + -poda-poda
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British Dictionary definitions for copepod

copepod
/ (ˈkəʊpɪˌpɒd) /

noun
any minute free-living or parasitic crustacean of the subclass Copepoda of marine and fresh waters: an important constituent of plankton
adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the Copepoda

Word Origin for copepod

C19: from New Latin Copepoda, from Greek kōpē oar + pous foot
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Scientific definitions for copepod

copepod
[ kōpə-pŏd′ ]

Any of various very small crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, having an elongated body and a forked tail. Unlike most crustaceans, copepods lack a carapace over the back and do not have compound eyes. They are abundant in both salt and fresh water, and are an important food source for many water animals. Copepods include the water fleas.
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