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Any of numerous small marine or freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, including parasitic and free-living forms.
[From New Latin Cōpēpoda, order name : Greek kōpē, oar; see kap- in Indo-European roots + New Latin -poda, -pod.]
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(Animals) any minute free-living or parasitic crustacean of the subclass Copepoda of marine and fresh waters: an important constituent of plankton
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Copepoda
[C19: from New Latin Copepoda, from Greek kōpē oar + pous foot]
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any tiny marine or freshwater crustacean of the class Copepoda: some are abundant in plankton and others are parasitic.
[1830–40; < New Latin Copepoda= cope-, appar. for copo-, combining form of Greek kṓpē handle, oar + -poda -poda]
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Any of various very small crustaceans having an elongated body and a forked tail. Copepods are abundant in both salt and fresh water. They are an important food source for many water animals.
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|Noun||1.||copepod - minute marine or freshwater crustaceans usually having six pairs of limbs on the thorax; some abundant in plankton and others parasitic on fish|
plankton - the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water
crustacean - any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
water flea, cyclops - minute free-swimming freshwater copepod having a large median eye and pear-shaped body and long antennae used in swimming; important in some food chains and as intermediate hosts of parasitic worms that affect man e.g. Guinea worms
fish louse - a kind of copepod
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