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Meaning of copepod

co•pe•pod

Pronunciation: (kō'pu-pod"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of numerous tiny marine or freshwater crustaceans of the order (or subclass) Copepoda, lacking compound eyes or a carapace and usually having six pairs of limbs on the thorax, some abundant in plankton and others parasitic on fish.
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