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copepod

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noun co·pe·pod \ˈkō-pə-ˌpäd\

Definition of copepod

  1. :  any of a large subclass (Copepoda) of usually minute freshwater and marine crustaceans

copepod adjective


Origin of copepod

ultimately from Greek kōpē oar, handle + pod-, pous foot; probably akin to Latin capere to take — more at heave, foot


First Known Use: 1836


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