plural noun
En·​to·​mos·​tra·​ca | \ ˌentəˈmästrə̇kə \

Definition of Entomostraca

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

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Other Words from Entomostraca

entomostracan \ ¦⸗⸗¦⸗⸗kən \ adjective or noun
entomostracous \ -​kəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Entomostraca

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 26 Jan. 2021.

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