copepod

noun
co·​pe·​pod | \ˈkō-pə-ˌpäd \

Definition of copepod 

: any of a large subclass (Copepoda) of usually minute freshwater and marine crustaceans

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Then again, this curator’s expertise wasn’t copepods. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Also, dogs drink loudly, lapping the water with their tongues, which is thought to scare away the infectious copepods. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 In the second room, Meah’s copepod hangs against the wall. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 To continue the life cycle, they must be consumed by tiny aquatic creatures called copepods. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 The Japanese scientists postulated that pinks, which have exploded in numbers since the early 1990s, had gobbled up many of the copepods. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Pink salmon — too much of a good thing?," 15 June 2018 Some scholars speculate that pollution and climate change are making copepods harder to find. Kathryn Miles, BostonGlobe.com, "Can anyone save the North Atlantic right whale?," 11 Apr. 2018 The massive North Atlantic right whale’s plates have evolved to filter and collect prey less than a tenth of an inch long — tiny invertebrate crustaceans called copepods. Kathryn Miles, BostonGlobe.com, "Can anyone save the North Atlantic right whale?," 11 Apr. 2018 The copepods that live off the coast of Oregon are good sources of fat in the food web. Ted Sickinger, OregonLive.com, "Police looking for shooter after one injured in Keizer," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of copepod

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for copepod

ultimately from Greek kōpē oar, handle + pod-, pous foot; probably akin to Latin capere to take — more at heave, foot

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