Branchiura

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Branchiura copepods with suctorial mouthparts; parasitic on fishes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Branchiura (Zoöl) A group of Entomostraca, with suctorial mouths, including species parasitic on fishes, as the carp lice (Argulus).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • branchiura A suborder of parasitic crustaceans, of the order Simphonostoma; the carp-lice. It consists of the single family Argulidæ, having large compound eyes, a long protrusile spine in front of the suctorial tube of the mouth, and four pairs of elongated biramous swimming-feet. But the Argulidæ are by most authors referred to the Branchiopoda.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr., Gr. gill + o'yra` tail