Definition of ostracod in English:

ostracod

(also ostracode)

noun

Zoology
  • A minute aquatic crustacean of the class "Ostracoda"

    • ‘Recent evidence suggests that the compound eyes of myodocopid ostracods may be phylogentically non-homologous to those of other arthropods.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the only ostracods with compound eyes are mostly very active swimmers; many are scavengers or predators.’
    • ‘Rare ostracods (microscopic crustaceans) support the mollusc evidence, with species typical of small or seasonal water bodies.’
    • ‘This lower interval has already been analysed for pollen, diatoms, ostracods, and gastropods.’
    • ‘Adult land-locked fish eat mostly zooplankton, especially larger varieties such as copepods, cladocerans, mysids, and ostracods.’

Pronunciation:

ostracod

/ˈästrəˌkäd/