- a crab of the genus Limulus; horseshoe crab.
Origin of limulus
1830–40; < New Latin Limulus name of the genus, special use of Latin līmulus, diminutive of līmus sidelong, oblique; see -ule
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Examples from the Web for limulus
Of all these the only member alive at the present time is Limulus, or the King-Crab.
Let us first see how the blood is supplied to the gills in Limulus.
What, then, is the nature of the coxal gland in the scorpions and Limulus?
I do not know how far this system is represented in Limulus or Scorpio.
Linnus thought that the fossil trilobites were closely allied to the Limulus.The Ocean World:
- any horseshoe crab of the genus Limulus, esp L. polyphemus
C19: from New Latin (name of genus), from Latin līmus sidelong
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