copepod

[koh-puh-pod]
noun
any of numerous tiny marine or freshwater crustaceans of the order (or subclass) Copepoda, lacking compound eyes or a carapace and usually having six pairs of limbs on the thorax, some abundant in plankton and others parasitic on fish.

Origin:
1830–40; < Neo-Latin Copepoda name of the order < Greek kṓpē a handle, oar + -poda -poda

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copepod (ˈkəʊpɪˌpɒd)
 
n
1.  any minute free-living or parasitic crustacean of the subclass Copepoda of marine and fresh waters: an important constituent of plankton
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Copepoda
 
[C19: from New Latin Copepoda, from Greek kōpē oar + pous foot]

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copepod co·pe·pod (kō'pə-pŏd')
n.
Any of numerous minute marine and freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, having an elongated body and a forked tail.

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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.
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The resulting struggles over the contested copepod were generally quite violent, with much twisting and rolling.
We anticipate that some trials will show good survival of the copepod group, and no survival of the ciliate group.
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