|1.||any minute free-living or parasitic crustacean of the subclass Copepoda of marine and fresh waters: an important constituent of plankton|
|2.||of, relating to, or belonging to the Copepoda|
|[C19: from New Latin Copepoda, from Greek kōpē oar + pous foot]|
copepod co·pe·pod (kō'pə-pŏd')
Any of numerous minute marine and freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, having an elongated body and a forked tail.
|copepod (kō'pə-pŏd') Pronunciation Key
Any of various very small crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, having an elongated body and a forked tail. Unlike most crustaceans, copepods lack a carapace over the back and do not have compound eyes. They are abundant in both salt and fresh water, and are an important food source for many water animals. Copepods include the water fleas.