Entomostraca

plural noun

En·​to·​mos·​tra·​ca
ˌentəˈmästrə̇kə
in some classifications
: a subclass of Crustacea comprising the Branchiopoda, Ostracoda, Copepoda, and Cirripedia, groups regarded by most modern systematists as too diverse for inclusion in a single subclass, the name then being used as a term of convenience without taxonomic implications
entomostracan
¦⸗⸗¦⸗⸗kən
adjective or noun
entomostracous
-kəs
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from entom- + -ostraca (from Greek ostrakon earthen vessel, potsherd, shell)

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“Entomostraca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Entomostraca. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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