Calanus

noun Cal·a·nus \ˈkalənəs\

Definition of Calanus

  1. :  a genus (the type of the family Calanidae) of reddish marine copepods widely distributed in northern seas where they are a major food for herring, mackerel, and the bowhead

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Origin and Etymology of calanus

New Latin, after Calanus (Kalanos) †about 325 b.c. Indian Brahman


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