[zif-uh-soo r-uh n]
- belonging or pertaining to the order Xiphosura, comprising the horseshoe crabs.
- an arthropod of the order Xiphosura; a horseshoe crab.
Origin of xiphosuran
1830–40; < New Latin Xiphosur(a) order name (irregular < Greek xíphos sword + -oura, neuter plural of -ouros -tailed, derivative of ourá tail) + -an
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- any chelicerate arthropod of the subclass Xiphosura, including the horseshoe crabs and many extinct forms
- of, relating to, or belonging to the subclass Xiphosura
Word Origin for xiphosuran
C19: from New Latin Xiphosura, irregularly from Greek xiphos sword + oura tail
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