Definition of daphnia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdafnēə/

noun (plural same)

A tiny and semitransparent freshwater crustacean with long antennae and prominent eyes, often used as food for aquarium fish. Also called water flea.
  • Genus Daphnia, order Cladocera.
Example sentences
  • In addition to fish, other aquatic creatures such as clams and daphnia are used as indicators of chemical changes.
  • Fish are feeding on small light olive buzzers and daphnia.
  • When they reach a length of 12 mm, chub begin to feed more on small invertebrates, particularly chironomid larvae and tiny crustaceans, such as daphnia.


Modern Latin, from Greek Daphnē, from the name of the nymph Daphne.

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Syllabification: daph·ni·a

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