cy·​pris | \ ˈsīprə̇s \

Definition of cypris

1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Cyprididae) of small ostracod crustaceans that live in stagnant fresh water
2 plural cyprides\ ˈsipraˌdēz \ : a developmental form of a barnacle in which the shell is bivalved as in members of the genus Cypris

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History and Etymology for cypris

New Latin, from Late Latin Cypris, a name for Venus

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“Cypris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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