Definition of Palinurus
: the type genus of Palinuridae comprising the European langouste and other Old World spiny lobsters — compare panulirus
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Origin and Etymology of palinurus
New Latin, from Latin, name of Aeneas's pilot, understood as from Greek palin back + -ouros -urus
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