plural noun
Pera·​car·​i·​da | \ ˌperəˈkarədə \

Definition of Peracarida

: a division of Malacostraca including among others the amphipods and isopods all having the first thoracic segment fused with the head, the thoracic legs flexed between the fifth and sixth segments, and the young developed in a brood pouch from which they escape at a late stage

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History and Etymology for Peracarida

New Latin, from Greek pēra pouch, bag + New Latin -carida (from Latin carid-, caris, a kind of sea crab)

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“Peracarida.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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