plural noun

: a family of marine decapod crustaceans (tribe Palinura) having the body broad and flat, the antennae short and scalelike, and the eyes in sockets in the carapace and living in shallow water buried in mud or sand

Word History


New Latin, from Scyllarus, type genus (from Greek skyllaros, kyllaros hermit crab) + -idae

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“Scyllaridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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