cladoceran

[kluh-dos-er-uhn]
noun
1.
any or several small, transparent crustaceans of the order Cladocera, having the body covered by a bivalve shell from which the head and antennae extend.
adjective
2.
Also, cladocerous [kluh-dos-er-uhs] . belonging or pertaining to the Cladocera.

Origin:
1905–10; < Neo-Latin Cladocer(a) (clado- clado- + -cera, neuter plural of -cerus horned; see cero-) + -an

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cladoceran (kləˈdɒsərən)
 
n
1.  any minute freshwater crustacean of the order Cladocera, which includes the water fleas
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Cladocera
 
[C19: from New Latin Cladocera, from Greek klados shoot + keras horn]

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Species composition and seasonal dynamics of cladoceran and copepod zooplankton in artificial sodic ponds.
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