plural noun
Xan·​thi·​dae | \ ˈzan(t)thəˌdē \

Definition of Xanthidae

: the largest family of crabs (superfamily Brachyrhyncha) comprising chiefly small littoral or shallow water marine crabs with oval carapaces armed with spines or lobes along the anterolateral margin and including the edible stone and coral crabs

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History and Etymology for Xanthidae

New Latin, from Xanthus, type genus (from Greek xanthos yellow) + -idae

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“Xanthidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xanthidae. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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