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malacostracan

[ mal-uh-kos-truh-kuhn ]
/ ˌmæl əˈkɒs trə kən /
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adjective
belonging or pertaining to the crustacean subclass Malacostraca, which includes the lobsters, shrimps, crabs, etc.
noun
a malacostracan crustacean.
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Origin of malacostracan

1825–35; <New Latin Malacostrac(a) order of crustacea (<Greek, neuter plural of malakóstrakos soft-shelled, equivalent to malak-malaco- + -ostrakos, adj. derivative of óstrakon shell (of mollusks, etc.); cf. ostracize) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for malacostracan

malacostracan
/ (ˌmæləˈkɒstrəkən) /

noun
any crustacean of the subclass or group Malacostraca, including lobsters, crabs, woodlice, sand hoppers, and opossum shrimps
adjective Also: malacostracous
of, relating to, or belonging to the Malacostraca

Word Origin for malacostracan

C19: from New Latin, from Greek malakōstrakos, from malaco- + ostrakon shell
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