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nauplius

[naw-plee-uh s]
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noun, plural nau·pli·i [naw-plee-ahy] /ˈnɔ pliˌaɪ/.
  1. (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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Historical Examples

  • 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)

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British Dictionary definitions for nauplii

nauplius

noun plural -plii (-plɪˌaɪ)
  1. the larva of many crustaceans, having a rounded unsegmented body with three pairs of limbs
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin: type of shellfish, from Greek Nauplios, one of the sons of Poseidon
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