copepod

noun
co·​pe·​pod | \ ˈkō-pə-ˌpäd How to pronounce copepod (audio) \

Definition of copepod

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

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copepod adjective

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Precisely why a bright flash drives copepods away is unclear. The Economist, "The bioluminescence people find so attractive is a defence mechanism," 21 June 2019 That provides a bonanza for tiny creatures called copepods, amphipods, and zooplankton that feed on sea-ice undersides. National Geographic, "The surprising reason polar bears need sea ice to survive," 1 Apr. 2019 This substance is produced by small crustaceans called copepods that often graze on dinoflagellates. The Economist, "The bioluminescence people find so attractive is a defence mechanism," 21 June 2019 In the Atlantic, southern species such as capelin and Atlantic copepod are already encroaching in Arctic waters where they were not previously found. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "What Will Be the Last Fish?," 10 Dec. 2018 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

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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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