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Any of various aquatic crustaceans of the class Branchiopoda, such as the fairy shrimp and the water flea, characterized by a segmented body and flattened, leaflike thoracic appendages.

[From New Latin Branchiopoda, class name : Latin branchia, gills; see branchia + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

bran′chi·o·pod′ adj.
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(Animals) any crustacean of the mainly freshwater subclass Branchiopoda, having flattened limblike appendages for swimming, feeding, and respiration. The group includes the water fleas
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(ˈbræŋ ki əˌpɒd)

1. any crustacean of the class Branchiopoda, having gill-bearing appendages, as the fairy shrimp.
2. of or belonging to the class Branchiopoda.
[1820–30; < New Latin Branchiopoda. See branchia, -o-, -pod]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.branchiopod - aquatic crustaceans typically having a carapace and many pairs of leaflike appendages used for swimming as well as respiration and feeding
crustacean - any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
daphnia, water flea - minute freshwater crustacean having a round body enclosed in a transparent shell; moves about like a flea by means of hairy branched antennae
fairy shrimp - small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages; swims on its back
Artemia salina, brine shrimp - common to saline lakes
tadpole shrimp - a kind of branchiopod crustacean
Adj.1.branchiopod - of or relating to or characteristic of the subclass Branchiopoda
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