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a combining form meaning “gills,” used in the formation of compound words:


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    breathing by means of gills, as certain aquatic insect larvae.

  • Branchiopod

    any crustacean of the class (or subclass) Branchiopoda, having flattened, footlike appendages that bear respiratory organs. Also, branchiopodous [brang-kee-op-uh-duh s] /ˌbræŋ kiˈɒp ə dəs/ (Show IPA). belonging or pertaining to the Branchiopoda. Historical Examples “Wee Tim’rous Beasties” Douglas English noun any crustacean of the mainly freshwater subclass Branchiopoda, having flattened limblike appendages for swimming, feeding, […]

  • Branchiostegal

    Also called branchiostegal ray. one of the long, curved bones just below the operculum, supporting the gill membranes. of or relating to the branchiostegals. Historical Examples The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2) David Starr Jordan The […]

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