Definition of Copepoda in English:

Copepoda

proper noun

Zoology
  • A large class of small aquatic crustaceans, many of which occur in plankton and some of which are parasitic on larger aquatic animals.

    • ‘Hemoglobins have been described in a select number of crustacean groups, including the Branchiopoda, Ostracoda, Copepoda, Cirrepedia, and Decapoda.’
    • ‘The Copepoda are an incredibly numerous group of crustaceans.’
    • ‘Monstrilloid copepods represent one of the ten orders of Copepoda currently recognized.’
    • ‘In insects the Orthoptera (especially grasshoppers), and in crustaceans the Decapoda (especially caridean shrimps), Stomatopoda (mantis shrimps) and calanoid Copepoda, are the only groups to far exceed a typically small range.’
    • ‘However, cladistic analysis indicates that the Cycloidea possibly belong within the Crustacea as a sister group of the Copepoda.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek kōpē handle, oar + pous, pod- foot (because of its paddlelike feet).

Pronunciation:

Copepoda

/kōˈpepədə/