malacostracan

noun
mal·​a·​cos·​tra·​can | \ ˌma-lə-ˈkä-stri-kən How to pronounce malacostracan (audio) \

Definition of malacostracan

: any of a large subclass (Malacostraca) of crustaceans having a thorax consisting of eight segments usually covered by a carapace and including the decapods and isopods

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malacostracan adjective

First Known Use of malacostracan

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malacostracan

ultimately from Greek malakostrakos soft-shelled, from malakos soft + ostrakon shell — more at mollify, oyster

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The first known use of malacostracan was in 1835

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“Malacostracan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malacostracan. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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