American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous minute marine and freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, having an elongated body and a forked tail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any of very many small crustaceans, of the subclass Copepoda, that are widely distributed and ecologically important; they include the water fleas
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Copepoda.
- n. minute marine or freshwater crustaceans usually having six pairs of limbs on the thorax; some abundant in plankton and others parasitic on fish
- From New Latin Cōpēpoda, order name : Greek kōpē, oar; see kap- in Indo-European roots + -poda, -pod. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Its "cigar" is in fact a parasitic crustacean known as a copepod, but no one knows what the blobfish does with its comical nose.”
“*So that you're not kept in suspense, a copepod is a small marine crustracean (i.e., a little animal lacking the cuteness of a cat) that forms a crucial part of the food web between marine plankton (little plants) and fish.”
“This image of a tiny crustacean called a copepod is one of the winners of this year's Nikon Small World photography competition.”
“Plentiful algae amplify the population of a tiny shrimp-like creature called a copepod - in particular, a kind called Eurytemora.”
“In this paper the authors report on the use of photochemically active biocides for the treatment of a marine copepod, which is a model of parasitic sea lice.”
“Vibrio cholerae is associated with a type of crustacean called a copepod that appears naturally in many areas of the world.”
“A closeup of Eurytemora, a kind of copepod that serves as a reservoir for the cholera bacterium.”
“The harpacticoid copepod Tigriopus californicus inhabits rocky, intertidal splash pools in a patchy distribution along the west coast of North America.”
“A final copepod project involves understanding the genetic basis of a vital physiological process in these copepods-their ability to survive dramatic changes in salinity.”
“Recruitment of Atlantic cod stocks in relation to temperature and advection of copepod populations.”
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