ostracod


os·tra·cod

noun \ˈäs-trə-ˌkäd\

Definition of OSTRACOD

:  any of a subclass (Ostracoda) of very small aquatic crustaceans that have the body enclosed in a bivalve carapace, the body segmentation obscured, the abdomen rudimentary, and only seven pairs of appendages

Variants of OSTRACOD

os·tra·cod also os·tra·code \-ˌkōd\

Origin of OSTRACOD

ultimately from Greek ostrakon
First Known Use: 1865

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