branchiopod [brang-kee-uh-pod] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any crustacean of the class (or subclass) Branchiopoda, having flattened, footlike appendages that bear respiratory organs.


  1. Also bran·chi·op·o·dous [brang-kee-op-uh-duh s] /ˌbræŋ kiˈɒp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the Branchiopoda.

Origin of branchiopod From the New Latin word Branchiopoda, dating back to 1820–30. See branchio-, -pod Examples from the Web for branchiopod Historical Examples of branchiopod

  • In short, she was a branchiopod, to be vulgarly precise, a water-flea.

    “Wee Tim’rous Beasties”

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  • British Dictionary definitions for branchiopod branchiopod noun

    1. any crustacean of the mainly freshwater subclass Branchiopoda, having flattened limblike appendages for swimming, feeding, and respiration. The group includes the water fleas

    branchiopod in Science branchiopod [brăng′kē-ə-pŏd′]

    1. Any of various primitive aquatic crustaceans of the class Branchiopoda, such as the fairy shrimp and water flea. Branchiopods are characterized by flattened, leaflike thoracic appendages.
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