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limulus

[lim-yuh-luh s]
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noun, plural lim·u·li [lim-yuh-lahy] /ˈlɪm yəˌlaɪ/.
  1. a crab of the genus Limulus; horseshoe crab.
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Origin of limulus

1830–40; < New Latin Limulus name of the genus, special use of Latin līmulus, diminutive of līmus sidelong, oblique; see -ule
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Historical Examples

  • I do not know how far this system is represented in Limulus or Scorpio.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • Let us first see how the blood is supplied to the gills in Limulus.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • What, then, is the nature of the coxal gland in the scorpions and Limulus?

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • Of all these the only member alive at the present time is Limulus, or the King-Crab.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • Linnus thought that the fossil trilobites were closely allied to the Limulus.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier


British Dictionary definitions for limulus

limulus

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. any horseshoe crab of the genus Limulus, esp L. polyphemus
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin (name of genus), from Latin līmus sidelong
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