/kleuh dos"euhr euhn/, n.
1. any or several small, transparent crustaceans of the order Cladocera, having the body covered by a bivalve shell from which the head and antennae extend.
2. Also, cladocerous /kleuh dos"euhr euhs/. belonging or pertaining to the Cladocera.
[1905-10; < NL Cladocer(a) (clado- CLADO- + -cera, neut. pl. of -cerus horned; see CERO-) + -AN]

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