[ naw-plee-uh s ]
/ ˈnɔ pli əs /
noun, plural nau·pli·i [naw-plee-ahy] /ˈnɔ pliˌaɪ/.
(in many crustaceans) a larval form with three pairs of appendages and a single median eye, occurring usually as the first stage of development after leaving the egg.
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Origin of nauplius
1830–40; < Latin: a kind of shellfish
OTHER WORDS FROM naupliusnau·pli·al, nau·pli·form, nau·pli·oid, adjective
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The Nauplii differ somewhat in the separate groups, and the post-nauplial stages vary not inconsiderably.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
British Dictionary definitions for nauplii
/ (ˈnɔːplɪəs) /
noun plural -plii (-plɪˌaɪ)
the larva of many crustaceans, having a rounded unsegmented body with three pairs of limbs
Word Origin for nauplius
C19: from Latin: type of shellfish, from Greek Nauplios, one of the sons of Poseidon
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