One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of branchiopod crustaceans (order Anostraca) comprising small shrimp-like animals found in salt lakes, salt pans, and other aquatic habitats with a high salinity. Also: an animal of this genus, especially one of the common species A. salina, sometimes bred as aquarium food (also in form artemia); also called brine shrimp.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From scientific Latin Artemia, genus name from ancient Greek Ἄρτεμις, the name of the goddess Artemis + scientific Latin -ia.
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