from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various minute, chiefly freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Ostracoda, having a bivalve carapace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many small crustaceans, of the class Ostracoda, that resemble shrimps enclosed in a bivalve shell
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A member of the Ostracoda, an order of tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans with a shrimplike body enclosed in a bivalve shell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as ostracode.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans with a shrimp-like body enclosed in a bivalve shell
New Latin Ostracōda, subclass name, from Greek ostrakōdēs, testaceous, from ostrakon, shell; see ost- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)