plural noun
Tha·​las·​si·​nid·​ea | \ thəˌlasəˈnidēə \

Definition of Thalassinidea

: a subtribe of Anomura including small crustaceans with a thin flexible carapace, long soft abdomen, and unsymmetrical chelae that burrow in sand or mud along seashores — compare ghost shrimp

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Other Words from Thalassinidea

thalassinidean \ ⸗¦⸗⸗¦nidēən \ noun or adjective
thalassinoid \ thəˈlasəˌnȯid \ adjective

History and Etymology for Thalassinidea

New Latin, from Thalassina, genus of crustaceans (from thalass- + -ina) + -idea

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“Thalassinidea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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