squilla

noun
squil·​la | \ ˈskwi-lə How to pronounce squilla (audio) \
plural squillas or squillae\ ˈskwi-​ˌlē How to pronounce squillae (audio) , -​ˌlī \

Definition of squilla

: any of various stomatopod crustaceans (especially genus Squilla) that burrow in mud or beneath stones in shallow water along the seashore

First Known Use of squilla

1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squilla

New Latin, from Latin, shrimp, crayfish

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“Squilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squilla. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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