n. (US hemocyanin) an oxygen-carrying substance containing copper, present in the blood plasma of arthropods and molluscs.
Etymology: HAEMO- + cyanin blue pigment (as CYAN)

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haemocyˈanin noun
(Gr kyanos blue) a blue respiratory pigment with functions similar to haemoglobin, in the blood of crustaceans and molluscs
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