- (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
1830–40; < Latin: a kind of shellfish
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Examples from the Web for nauplius
The young barnacle, called a nauplius, in no way resembles the adult.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
And after him Erginus and Nauplius and Euphemus started up, eager to steer.The Argonautica
It is evident that the Leptus fundamentally differs from the Nauplius and begins life on a higher plane.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
A different name even is given to it by the biologist, who knows it at this period as a Nauplius.
But instead of rising to its opportunities, the sacculine Nauplius having reached a certain point turned back.
- the larva of many crustaceans, having a rounded unsegmented body with three pairs of limbs
C19: from Latin: type of shellfish, from Greek Nauplios, one of the sons of Poseidon