- 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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It still must pass through its life cycle, but its intermediate host need not be one species of snail, fish, or copepod.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
From the protopodites of both the latter spring strong hooks like those of the Copepod and Phyllopod Nauplii.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
- 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
- Any of numerous minute marine and freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, having an elongated body and a forked tail.
- 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.