nauplius

[ naw-plee-uhs ]

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.

Origin of nauplius

1
1830–40; <Latin: a kind of shellfish

Other words from nauplius

  • nau·pli·al, nau·pli·form, nau·pli·oid, adjective

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nauplius

/ (ˈnɔːplɪəs) /


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

Origin of nauplius

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

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