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ostracod

[os-truh-kod] /ˈɒs trəˌkɒd/
noun
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Neo-Latin Ostracoda name of the subclass < Greek ostrakṓdēs, equivalent to óstrak(on) shell, tile (see ostracize) + -ōdēs -ode1
Related forms
ostracodan
[os-truh-kohd-n] /ˌɒs trəˈkoʊd n/ (Show IPA),
ostracodous, adjective
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  • Fragmented shells of freshwater molluscs and an ostracod occur within a marlstone bed.
  • Additional variation in ostracod species richness was further explained by water and sediment depth.
British Dictionary definitions for ostracod

ostracod

/ˈɒstrəˌkɒd/
noun
1.
any minute crustacean of the mainly freshwater subclass Ostracoda, in which the body is enclosed in a transparent two-valved carapace
Derived Forms
ostracodan (ˌɒstrəˈkəʊdən), ostracodous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek ostrakōdēs having a shell, from ostrakon shell
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Encyclopedia Article for ostracod

mussel shrimp

any of a widely distributed group of crustaceans resembling mussels. Mussel shrimp differ from most crustaceans in having a very short trunk that has lost its external segmentation, or divisions. Nearly all of the body is encased in a hard covering, or carapace. The 2,000 living species include marine, freshwater, and terrestrial forms

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