branchiopod

noun
bran·​chio·​pod | \ ˈbraŋ-kē-ə-ˌpäd How to pronounce branchiopod (audio) \

Definition of branchiopod

: any of a group (Branchiopoda) of small usually freshwater crustaceans (such as fairy shrimp or water fleas) with usually many pairs of setae-bearing appendages

Other Words from branchiopod

branchiopod adjective

First Known Use of branchiopod

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for branchiopod

borrowed from French branchiopode or New Latin Branchiopoda, originally as a New Latin genus name, from Greek bránchia "gills" + -o- -o- + -poda, neuter plural (apparently taken as feminine singular) of -pous "having feet (of the kind indicated)," derivative of poús "foot" — more at branchial, foot entry 1

Note: As a taxon Branchiopoda was introduced first as a genus name (Branchiopoda stagnalis, now Tanymastix stagnalis) by Jean-Baptiste lamarck in Système des animaux sans vertèbres (Paris, An X—1801), p. 161. French Branchiopodes was used as an order name by Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833) in Georges cuvier, Le Règne animal distribué d'après son organisation, tome 3, Les crustacés, les arachnides et les insectes, par M. Latreille (Paris, 1817) p. 59.

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“Branchiopod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/branchiopod. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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