deca·​pod ˈde-kə-ˌpäd How to pronounce decapod (audio)
: any of an order (Decapoda) of crustaceans (such as shrimp, lobsters, and crabs) with five pairs of thoracic appendages one or more of which are modified into pincers, with stalked eyes, and with the head and thorax fused into a cephalothorax and covered by a carapace
: any of the cephalopod mollusks (orders Sepioidea and Teuthoidea) with 10 arms including cuttlefishes, squids, and related forms
decapod adjective
decapodan adjective or noun
decapodous adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web But the survivors of this catastrophe—including decapods—thrived in the aftermath. National Geographic, 24 Apr. 2019

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Word History


New Latin Decapoda, from deca- + -poda -pod

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of decapod was in 1826

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“Decapod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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