[ koh-puh-pod ]
/ ˈkoʊ pəˌpɒd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. copemate,
  2. copen,
  3. copenhagen,
  4. copenhagen blue,
  5. copenhagen interpretation,
  6. coper,
  7. copernican,
  8. copernican system,
  9. copernicium,
  10. copernicus

Origin of copepod

1830–40; < New Latin Copepoda name of the order < Greek kṓpē a handle, oar + -poda -poda Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for copepod


/ (ˈkəʊpɪˌpɒd) /


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


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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Medicine definitions for copepod


[ kōpə-pŏd′ ]


Any of numerous minute marine and freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, having an elongated body and a forked tail.

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Science definitions for 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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