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[yoo-rip-tuh-rid, yuh-]
  1. any aquatic arthropod of the extinct order Eurypterida, from the Paleozoic Era, closely related to trilobites and scorpions.
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Origin of eurypterid

From the New Latin word Eurypteridae, dating back to 1870–75. See eury-, -pterous, -id2
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Historical Examples

  • The continuation of the dwindling process, already initiated in the Eurypterid, would easily result in the tentacles of Ammocœtes.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for eurypterid


  1. any large extinct scorpion-like aquatic arthropod of the group Eurypterida, of Palaeozoic times, thought to be related to the horseshoe crabs
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Eurypterida, from eury- + Greek pteron wing, feather
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Word Origin and History for eurypterid


fossil swimming crustacean of the Silurian and Devonian, 1874, from Greek eurys "broad, wide" (see aneurysm) + pteron "feather, wing" (see pterodactyl); so called from their swimming appendages.

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