Cambarus

noun
Cam·​ba·​rus | \ ˈkambərəs\

Definition of Cambarus

: a genus of crayfishes (family Astacidae) lacking pleurobranchiae, having a specialized sperm receptacle, and including the common large crayfishes of eastern North America some of which (especially C. limosus) are used as food

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History and Etymology for Cambarus

New Latin, alteration (influenced by Late Latin gambarus, alteration of Latin cammarus) of Latin cammarus sea crab, lobster, from Greek kammaros; akin to Old Norse humarr lobster, Sanskrit kamaṭha tortoise, and probably to Latin camur curved

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