mussel shrimp
Ostracoda Os*trac"o*da, prop. n. pl. (Zo["o]l.) An order of Entomostraca possessing shrimplike bodies enclosed in hard bivalve shells; called also {seed shrimp} and {mussel shrimp}. They were formerly referred to as {Ostracoidea}. They are of small size, and swim freely about; many are less than 1 mm in length. Microfossils of certain extinct orders have been found extending back to the Cambrian age. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • mussel shrimp — ▪ crustacean also called  seed shrimp , or  ostracod        any of a widely distributed group of crustaceans belonging to the subclass Ostracoda (class Crustacea) that resemble mussels in that the body is enclosed within a bivalved (two valved)… …   Universalium

  • mussel shrimp — noun tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans with a shrimp like body enclosed in a bivalve shell • Syn: ↑seed shrimp, ↑ostracod • Hypernyms: ↑crustacean • Member Holonyms: ↑Ostracoda, ↑subclass Ostracoda …   Useful english dictionary

  • mussel shrimp. — See seed shrimp. * * * …   Universalium

  • mussel shrimp. — See seed shrimp …   Useful english dictionary

  • mussel-shrimp — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : ostracod …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mussel — Not to be confused with muscle. Mussel Blue mussels Mytilus edulis in the intertidal zone in Cornwall, England Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • shrimp — Synonyms and related words: Chilopoda, Chordata, Dungeness crab, Echiuroidea, Ectoprocta, Entoprocta, Japanese crab, Lilliputian, Monoplacophora, Nemertinea, Phoronidea, Tom Thumb, a nobody, a nothing, angle, bait the hook, bantam, banty, blue… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • seed shrimp — noun tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans with a shrimp like body enclosed in a bivalve shell • Syn: ↑mussel shrimp, ↑ostracod • Hypernyms: ↑crustacean • Member Holonyms: ↑Ostracoda, ↑subclass Ostracoda * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • seed shrimp — Ostracoda Os*trac o*da, prop. n. pl. (Zo[ o]l.) An order of Entomostraca possessing shrimplike bodies enclosed in hard bivalve shells; called also {seed shrimp} and {mussel shrimp}. They were formerly referred to as {Ostracoidea}. They are of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seed shrimp — any of numerous tiny marine and freshwater crustaceans of the subclass Ostracoda, having a shrimplike body enclosed in a hinged bivalve shell. Also called mussel shrimp, ostracod. * * * …   Universalium

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