plural noun

: an order of crustaceans (Malacostraca) like shrimp that have mostly biramous thoracic limbs and deposit their eggs among water plants or under stones

Word History


New Latin, from Anaspides, genus of crustaceans (from an- + -aspides, from Greek aspid-, aspis shield) + -acea

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anaspidacea was in 1904

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“Anaspidacea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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