Hoplocarida

plural noun

Hop·​lo·​car·​i·​da
ˌhäplōˈkarədə
: a division of Malacostraca coextensive with an order Stomatopoda of tropical marine burrowing crustaceans comprising the mantis shrimps and having a reduced capelike carapace, a large powerful abdomen, five pairs of anteriorly directly thoracic maxillipeds of which the second pair form greatly enlarged raptorial arms, and enlarged swimming appendages on the abdomen with large branching gills on the exopodites

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from hoplo- + -carida (from Greek karid-, karis shrimp, prawn)

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“Hoplocarida.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hoplocarida. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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