plural noun
Os·​tra·​co·​da | \ ˌästrəˈkōdə, äˈstrakədə \

Definition of Ostracoda

: a subclass of crustacea comprising small active mostly freshwater forms having the body enclosed in a bivalve shell composed of right and left valves, the body segmentation obscured, the abdomen rudimentary, and only seven pairs of appendages

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Other Words from Ostracoda

ostracodan \ -​dᵊn \ adjective
ostracodous \ -​dəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Ostracoda

New Latin, from Greek ostrakōdēs testaceous, from ostrakon potsherd, shell

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“Ostracoda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ostracoda. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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