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Word Origin and History for crustacea

Crustacea

n.

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.

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Examples from the Web for crustacea

Historical Examples

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

    Natural Law in the Spiritual World

    Henry Drummond

  • 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.

    Spiders

    Cecil Warburton

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

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • The Crustacea are named from the crust-like covering which envelops them.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold