noun, plural nau·pli·i [naw-plee-ahy] /ˈnɔ pliˌaɪ/.

  1. (in many crustaceans) a larval form with three pairs of appendages and a single median eye, occurring usually as the first stage of development after leaving the egg.

noun plural -plii (-plɪˌaɪ)

  1. the larva of many crustaceans, having a rounded unsegmented body with three pairs of limbs

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