Malacostracan \Mal`a*cos"tra*can\, n. (Zo["o]l.) One of the Malacostraca. [1913 Webster]

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  • malacostracan — [mal΄ə käs′trəkəsmal΄ə käs′trə kən] adj. [< ModL Malacostraca < Gr malakostrakos, soft shelled < malakos, soft (see MALACO ) + ostrakon, shell + AN] of a large class (Malacostraca) of highly evolved crustaceans typically consisting of 19 …   English World dictionary

  • malacostracan — /mal euh kos treuh keuhn/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the crustacean subclass Malacostraca, which includes the lobsters, shrimps, crabs, etc. n. 2. a malacostracan crustacean. [1825 35; < NL Malacostrac(a) order of crustacea ( < Gk, neut …   Universalium

  • malacostracan — noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek malakostrakos soft shelled, from malakos soft + ostrakon shell more at mollify, oyster Date: 1835 any of a large subclass (Malacostraca) of crustaceans having a thorax consisting of eight segments usually… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • malacostracan — mal•a•cos•tra•can [[t]ˌmæl əˈkɒs trə kən[/t]] adj. 1) ivt belonging or pertaining to the crustacean subclass Malacostraca, characterized by 20 body segments: includes lobsters, shrimps, and crabs 2) ivt a malacostracan crustacean • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • malacostracan — /mæləˈkɒstrəkən/ (say maluh kostruhkuhn) adjective Also, malacostracous. 1. belonging to the Malacostraca, a subclass of crustaceans which have a comparatively complex organisation, including lobsters, shrimps, crabs, etc. –noun 2. a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • malacostracan — noun Any of very many crustaceans of the class Malacostraca …   Wiktionary

  • malacostracan — n. member of a group of crustaceans; member of the Malacostraca …   English contemporary dictionary

  • malacostracan — mal·a·cos·tra·can …   English syllables

  • malacostracan — n. & adj. n. any crustacean of the class Malacostraca, including crabs, shrimps, lobsters, and krill. adj. of or relating to this class. Etymology: MALACO + Gk ostrakon shell …   Useful english dictionary

  • malacostracan Zoology — [ˌmalə kɒstrək(ə)n] noun a crustacean of the large class Malacostraca, which includes crabs, shrimps, and lobsters, distinguished by having compound eyes that are typically on stalks. adjective relating to malacostracans. Origin from mod. L.… …   English new terms dictionary

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