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eurypterid

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noun eu·ryp·ter·id \yu̇-ˈrip-tə-rəd\

Definition of eurypterid

  1. :  any of an order (Eurypterida) of usually large aquatic Paleozoic arthropods resembling scorpions and related to the horseshoe crabs —called also sea scorpion

eurypterid adjective


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Origin of eurypterid

ultimately from Greek eury- + pteron wing — more at feather


First Known Use: 1871


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