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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the very many aquatic crustaceans of the class Branchiopoda, such as the fairy shrimps and water fleas

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Branchiopoda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An animal belonging to the order Branchiopoda. Also branchiopode.
  • Gill-footed; branchiopodous. Also branchiopodan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. aquatic crustaceans typically having a carapace and many pairs of leaflike appendages used for swimming as well as respiration and feeding
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of the subclass Branchiopoda

Etymologies

From New Latin Branchiopoda, class name : Latin branchia, gills; see branchia + New Latin -poda, -pod; see -pod.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Branchiopoda (Wiktionary)

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