Origin of ostracod

1860–65; < New Latin Ostracoda name of the subclass < Greek ostrakṓdēs, equivalent to óstrak(on) shell, tile (see ostracize) + -ōdēs -ode1
Related formsos·tra·co·dan [os-truh-kohd-n] /ˌɒs trəˈkoʊd n/, os·tra·co·dous, adjective
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  1. any minute crustacean of the mainly freshwater subclass Ostracoda, in which the body is enclosed in a transparent two-valved carapace
Derived Formsostracodan (ˌɒstrəˈkəʊdən) or ostracodous, adjective

Word Origin for ostracod

C19: via New Latin from Greek ostrakōdēs having a shell, from ostrakon shell
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