cyrtopia

noun
cyr·​to·​pia | \ -ˈtōpēə \
plural -s

Definition of cyrtopia

: a larva of certain crustaceans (subclass Ostracoda) characterized by a lengthening of the first pair of antennae and loss of swimming function in the second pair

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History and Etymology for cyrtopia

New Latin, from Cyrtopia, genus of crustaceans, from cyrt- + -opia; from the resemblance of these larvae to crustaceans of this genus

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“Cyrtopia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyrtopia. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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