crustacea

plural noun
crus·​ta·​cea | \ ˌkrə-ˈstā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce crustacea (audio) \

Definition of crustacea

: arthropods that are crustaceans

Examples of crustacea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s primitive pleasure in devouring a complete crustacea, exoskeleton and all. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of crustacea

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crustacea

New Latin, group name, from neuter plural of crustaceus

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“Crustacea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crustacea. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for crustacea

crustacea

noun plural
crus·​ta·​cea | \ ˌkrəs-ˈtā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce crustacea (audio) \

Medical Definition of crustacea

1 capitalized : a large class of mostly aquatic arthropods that have a chitinous or calcareous and chitinous exoskeleton, a pair of often much modified appendages on each segment, and two pairs of antennae and that include the lobsters, shrimps, crabs, wood lice, water fleas, and barnacles
2 : arthropods of the class Crustacea

Other Words from crustacea

crustacean \ -​shən How to pronounce crustacea (audio) \ adjective or noun

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