any of a class (Branchiopoda) of crustaceans with many pairs of flattened, leaflike limbs, as the fairy shrimps and water fleas
Origin of branchiopodbranchio- + -pod
Any of various aquatic crustaceans of the class Branchiopoda, such as the fairy shrimp and the water flea, characterized by a segmented body and flattened, leaflike thoracic appendages.
Origin of branchiopodFrom New Latin Branchiopoda class name Latin branchia gills ; see branchia . New Latin -poda -pod