nauplius

play
noun nau·pli·us \ˈnȯ-plē-əs\

Definition of nauplius

plural

-plii

play \ˈnȯ-plē-ˌī, -ˌē\
  1. :  a crustacean larva in usually the first stage after leaving the egg and with three pairs of appendages, a median eye, and little or no segmentation

Origin and Etymology of nauplius

New Latin, from Latin, a shellfish, from Greek nauplios


First Known Use: 1836


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