plural noun

ˌpal- also -ˈȯs-
in some classifications
: a class of arthropods comprising the horseshoe crabs, the eurypterids, and sometimes the trilobites compare merostomata
adjective or noun

Word History


New Latin, from pale- + -ostraca

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“Palaeostraca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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