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

  • n. Any of various transparent freshwater crustaceans of the order Anostraca that lack a carapace and characteristically swim upside-down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages and swimming on its back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a European fresh-water phyllopod crustacean (Chirocephalus diaphanus); -- so called from its delicate colors, transparency, and graceful motions. The name is sometimes applied to similar American species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of a small British fresh-water phyllopodous crustacean, Branchipus (or Chirocephalus) diaphanus.

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

  • n. small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages; swims on its back


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