plural noun
Ep·i·ca·rid·ea | \ ˌepəkəˈridēə \

Definition of Epicaridea 

: a suborder of Isopoda comprising isopods (such as those of the family Bopyridae) of which the enlarged and modified females are parasites on other crustaceans while the minute males usually live attached to the females

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History and Etymology for Epicaridea

New Latin, from epi- + -caridea (from Greek karid-, karis shrimp)

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