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.

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about branchiopod

Time Traveler for branchiopod

Time Traveler

The first known use of branchiopod was in 1836

See more words from the same year

Statistics for branchiopod

Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Branchiopod.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/branchiopod. Accessed 27 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on branchiopod

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with branchiopod

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about branchiopod

Comments on branchiopod

What made you want to look up branchiopod? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that suddenly gains wealth or power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!