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[kruh-stey-shuh s]
  1. of the nature of or pertaining to a crust or shell.
  2. crustacean.
  3. having a hard covering or crust.
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Origin of crustaceous

First recorded in 1640–50, crustaceous is from the New Latin word crūstāceus (adj.) hard-shelled. See crustacean, -aceous
Related formsnon·crus·ta·ceous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for crustaceous

Historical Examples of crustaceous

  • The groups of crustaceous organisms classed as Entomostraca.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The shell is kidney-shaped, and of a leathery, crustaceous substance.

  • It seems to tell of a hardness—bad propensities—a crustaceous nature.


    Alexander Walker

  • The crabs are pulled out with a celerity that astonishes their crustaceous lordships.

  • Are we not told that the horse in the crustaceous age—I select a large word at random—was built no bigger than a dog?

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for crustaceous


  1. forming, resembling, or possessing a surrounding crust or shell
  2. zoology another word for crustacean (def. 2)
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