cla·​doc·​er·​an klə-ˈdä-sə-rən How to pronounce cladoceran (audio)
: any of an order (Cladocera) of minute chiefly freshwater branchiopod crustaceans that includes the water fleas

Examples of cladoceran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So there’s branchiopods, ostracods, copepods, cladocerans...and besides the crustaceans, there’s a lot more. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, 3 May 2023

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Word History


New Latin Cladocera, from clad- + Greek keras horn — more at horn

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cladoceran was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Cladoceran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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