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branchiopod

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noun bran·chio·pod \ˈbraŋ-kē-ə-ˌpäd\

Definition of branchiopod

  1. :  any of a group (Branchiopoda) of small usually freshwater crustaceans (as fairy shrimp or water fleas) with usually many pairs of setae-bearing appendages

branchiopod adjective


Origin of branchiopod

ultimately from Greek branchia gills + pod-, pous foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 1836


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