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Any member of the order Copepoda.
copepodany minute free-living or parasitic crustacean of the subclass Copepoda. Copepods lack a carapace and are extremely common in both freshwater and marine plankton, where they constitute an important food source for larger animals such as fish.
a member of the subclass Copepoda of marine invertebrate parasites. There are more than 4500 species. Includes Cyclops spp. intermediate host for Spirometra erinacei, Diphyllobothrium latum.