Carapus

noun
Car·​a·​pus | \ ˈkarəpəs \

Definition of Carapus

: a genus (the type of the family Carapidae) of small slender fishes living as inquilines in the alimentary canal of large holothurians or between the valves of large bivalve mollusks — see pearlfish sense 1

History and Etymology for Carapus

New Latin, from Portuguese carapó

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“Carapus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Carapus. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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