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decapod

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noun deca·pod \ˈde-kə-ˌpäd\

Definition of decapod

  1. 1 :  any of an order (Decapoda) of crustaceans (as shrimps, lobsters, and crabs) with five pairs of thoracic appendages one or more of which are modified into pincers, with stalked eyes, and with the head and thorax fused into a cephalothorax and covered by a carapace

  2. 2 :  any of the cephalopod mollusks (orders Sepioidea and Teuthoidea) with 10 arms including cuttlefishes, squids, and related forms

decapod

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decapodan

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decapodous

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Origin and Etymology of decapod

New Latin Decapoda, from deca- + -poda -pod


First Known Use: 1826


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