nauplius

[ naw-plee-uh s ]
/ ˈnɔ pli əs /
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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

Related formsnau·pli·al, nau·pli·form, nau·pli·oid, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nauplii

nauplius

/ (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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