nauplius

noun
nau·​pli·​us | \ ˈnȯ-plē-əs How to pronounce nauplius (audio) \
plural nauplii\ ˈnȯ-​plē-​ˌī How to pronounce nauplius (audio) , -​ˌē \

Definition of nauplius

: 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

First Known Use of nauplius

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nauplius

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

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“Nauplius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nauplius. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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