Dromiacea

plural noun

Dro·​mi·​a·​cea
ˌdrōmēˈāsh(ē)ə
: a group of crabs (suborder Brachyura) in which the last pair of thoracic legs are modified, dorsal, and often chelate and are used for placing sponges, shells, and other objects on the carapace
dromiaceous
¦⸗⸗¦āshəs
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Dromia, genus of crabs (from Greek dromias a kind of crab) + New Latin -acea

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“Dromiacea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dromiacea. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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