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noun Zoology.
  1. the stalk or peduncle upon which the eye is borne in lobsters, shrimps, etc.
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Origin of eyestalk

First recorded in 1850–55; eye + stalk1
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  • Arthurs eyestalk cowered back into the suitcase as she came close.

    The Knights of Arthur

    Frederik Pohl

British Dictionary definitions for eyestalk


  1. a movable stalk bearing a compound eye at its tip: occurs in crustaceans and some molluscs
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eyestalk in Science


  1. A movable stalk having a compound eye on its tip, found on crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans.
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