ocyp·​o·​de | \ -dē \

Definition of ocypode

1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Ocypodidae) of square-bodied, long-legged, and swift-running crabs that are related to the fiddler crabs and live in holes in the sand along the seashore
2 plural -s : any crab of the genus Ocypode

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Other Words from ocypode

ocypodian \ ¦äsə¦pōdēən \ adjective or noun
ocypodoid \ ōˈsipəˌdȯid \ adjective

History and Etymology for ocypode

New Latin, irregular from Greek ōkypod-, ōkypous swift-footed, from ōkys swift + pod-, pous foot; akin to Latin ocior swifter, Sanskrit āśu swift, and perhaps to Latin acer sharp

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“Ocypode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocypode. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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