plural noun

: an order of small aquatic crustaceans (subclass Branchiopoda) lacking a carapace, having stalked eyes and 11 to 19 pairs of thoracic appendages, and including Artemia and similar freshwater forms
adjective or noun

Word History


New Latin, from an- + -ostraca

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Anostraca was in 1893

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“Anostraca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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