plural noun Os·tra·co·da \ˌästrəˈkōdə, äˈstrakədə\

Definition of Ostracoda

  1. :  a subclass of crustacea comprising small active mostly freshwater forms having the body enclosed in a bivalve shell composed of right and left valves, the body segmentation obscured, the abdomen rudimentary, and only seven pairs of appendages


\-dən\ adjective


\-dəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of ostracoda

New Latin, from Greek ostrakōdēs testaceous, from ostrakon potsherd, shell

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to cast off or become cast off

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