Cumacea

plural noun
Cu·​ma·​cea | \ kyüˈmāshēə \

Definition of Cumacea

: 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

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Other Words from Cumacea

cumacean \ (ˈ)⸗¦⸗shən \ adjective or noun
cumaceous \ -​shəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Cumacea

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

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“Cumacea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cumacea. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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