branchiopoda

Branchiopoda

Bran"chi*o*poda\, n. pl. [Gr. ? gill + -poda: cf. F. branchiopode.] (Zo["o]l.) An order of Entomostraca; -- so named from the feet of branchiopods having been supposed to perform the function of gills. It includes the fresh-water genera Branchipus, Apus, and Limnadia, and the genus Artemia found in salt lakes. It is also called {Phyllopoda}. See Phyllopoda, Cladocera. It is sometimes used in a broader sense.
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branchiopoda

noun
primitive aquatic mainly freshwater crustaceans: fairy shrimps; brine shrimps; tadpole shrimps; can shrimps; water fleas 
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