from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A general name of the small parasitic crustaceans or fish-lice of the family Argulidæ, forming with some authors a suborder Branchiura, by others referred to the Branchiopoda: so called because they infest carp or cyprinoid fishes.


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  • A small group of temporary parasites known as carp-lice, which are strong swimmers but attach themselves to the gills of fishes, both marine and fresh water.

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