Cumacea

plural noun Cu·ma·cea \kyüˈmāshēə\

Definition of Cumacea

  1. :  an order of small sessile-eyed malacostracan marine crustaceans (division Peracarida) having a carapace formed by fusion of the first three or four thoracic segments with the head

cumacean

adjective or noun

cumaceous

\-shəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cumacea

New Latin, from Cuma, type genus (irregular from Greek kyma sprout, wave, anything swollen) + -acea — more at cyme


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