squilla

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

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, going back to Latin, "any of various smaller crustaceans, as shrimp and crayfish," of obscure origin

Note: The genus name Squilla was introduced by the Danish zoologist Johan Christian Fabricius (1745-1808) in Mantissa insectorum, sistens eorum species nuper detectas, tomus 1 (Copenhagen, 1787), p. 333, as a revision of Linnaeus's Cancer.

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“Squilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squilla. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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