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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.


(Animals) any crustacean of the mainly freshwater subclass Branchiopoda, having flattened limblike appendages for swimming, feeding, and respiration. The group includes the water fleas


(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]
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