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- a taxonomic order, within superorder Eucarida - the decapod crustacea
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. de`ka ten +
poy`s, podo`s, foot.] 1.
(Zoöl.) The order of Crustacea which includes the
shrimps, lobsters, crabs, etc.
&fist; They have a carapace, covering and uniting the somites of
the head and thorax and inclosing a gill chamber on each side, and
usually have five (rarely six) pairs of legs. They are divided into
two principal groups: Brachyura and Macrura. Some writers recognize a
third (Anomura) intermediate between the others.
2. (Zoöl.) A division of the
dibranchiate cephalopods including the cuttlefishes and squids. See
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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