[muh-kroo r-uh n]


belonging or pertaining to the suborder Macrura, comprising the lobsters, crayfishes, shrimps, and prawns.


a macruran crustacean.

Origin of macruran

1835–45; < New Latin Macrur(a) (see macr(o)-, ur-2) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for macruran



any decapod crustacean of the group (formerly suborder) Macrura, which includes the lobsters, prawns, and crayfish

adjective Also: macrurous, macrural, macruroid

of, relating to, or belonging to the Macrura

Word Origin for macruran

C19: via New Latin, from Greek makros long + oura tail
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