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copepod

[ koh-puh-pod ]

noun

  1. 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.


copepod

/ ˈkəʊpɪˌpɒd /

noun

  1. any minute free-living or parasitic crustacean of the subclass Copepoda of marine and fresh waters: an important constituent of plankton


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Copepoda

copepod

/ pə-pŏd′ /

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of copepod1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of copepod1

C19: from New Latin Copepoda, from Greek kōpē oar + pous foot

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Example Sentences

Here, artificial light can be intense enough to confuse the copepods.

Not all species are equally sensitive to light, so to assess impact, the team focused on copepods, ubiquitous shrimplike creatures that are a key part of many ocean food webs.

A bit like dogs getting fleas, sea slugs can be plagued by copepods.

Three of the slugs ditched their bodies along with a lot of those copepods.

Life styles vary, but some copepods attach themselves to sea slugs.

The body of the typical copepod is distinctly segmented, and the head and thorax are both enclosed in a hardened buckler.

From the protopodites of both the latter spring strong hooks like those of the Copepod and Phyllopod Nauplii.

It still must pass through its life cycle, but its intermediate host need not be one species of snail, fish, or copepod.

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