any of a class (Copepoda) of small, sometimes parasitic, crustaceans living in either salt or fresh water
Origin of copepod; from Classical Greek kōpē, oar ; from kaptein, to gulp down (see have) + -pod
Any of numerous small marine or freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Copepoda, including parasitic and free-living forms.
Origin of copepodFrom New Latin Cōpēpoda, order name : Greek kōpē, oar; see kap- in Indo-European roots + New Latin -poda, -pod.
- Any of very many small crustaceans, of the subclass Copepoda, that are widely distributed and ecologically important; they include the water fleas