1814, Modern Latin neuter plural of crustaceus (animalia), literally "having a crust or shell," from Latin crusta "crust, rind, bark, hard shell" (see crust (n.)). Taken as a zoological classification by Lamarck, 1801; Cuvier (1798) had les insectes crustacées.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for crustacea

Historical Examples of crustacea

  • The Crustacea of the Mammoth Cave have chosen to abide in darkness.

  • The roots of the trees were also covered with mussels, oysters, and other Crustacea.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Nevertheless some of them have been hardy enough to encroach on the domain of the Crustacea.


    Cecil Warburton

  • Like most other kinds of crustacea, the prawn is much larger in tropical climates.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • The Crustacea derive their name from the nature of their crust or covering.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold