Other forms: decapods

Definitions of decapod
  1. noun
    cephalopods having eight short tentacles plus two long ones
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    widely distributed fast-moving ten-armed cephalopod mollusk having a long tapered body with triangular tail fins
    cuttle, cuttlefish
    ten-armed oval-bodied cephalopod with narrow fins as long as the body and a large calcareous internal shell
    Spirula peronii, spirula
    a small tropical cephalopod of the genus Spirula having prominent eyes and short arms and a many-chambered shell coiled in a flat spiral
    somewhat flattened cylindrical squid
    extremely active cylindrical squid with short strong arms and large rhombic terminal fins
    architeuthis, giant squid
    largest mollusk known about but never seen (to 60 feet long)
    type of:
    cephalopod, cephalopod mollusk
    marine mollusk characterized by well-developed head and eyes and sucker-bearing tentacles
  2. noun
    crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax
    synonyms: decapod crustacean
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    decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
    any of several edible marine crustaceans of the families Homaridae and Nephropsidae and Palinuridae
    crawdad, crawdaddy, crawfish, crayfish
    small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
    hermit crab
    small soft-bodied marine crustaceans living in cast-off shells of gastropods
    small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible
    shrimp-like decapod crustacean having two pairs of pincers; most are edible
    tropical prawn
    edible tropical and warm-water prawn
    Menippe mercenaria, stone crab
    large edible crab of the southern coast of the United States (particularly Florida)
    hard-shell crab
    edible crab that has not recently molted and so has a hard shell
    soft-shell crab, soft-shelled crab
    edible crab that has recently molted and not yet formed its new shell
    Cancer magister, Dungeness crab
    small edible crab of Pacific coast of North America
    Cancer irroratus, rock crab
    crab of eastern coast of North America
    Cancer borealis, Jonah crab
    large red deep-water crab of the eastern coast of North America
    swimming crab
    marine crab with some legs flattened and fringed for swimming
    fiddler crab
    burrowing crab of American coastal regions having one claw much enlarged in the male
    pea crab
    tiny soft-bodied crab living commensally in the mantles of certain bivalve mollusks
    Alaska crab, Alaska king crab, Alaskan king crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, king crab
    large edible crab of northern Pacific waters especially along the coasts of Alaska and Japan
    spider crab
    any of numerous crabs with very long legs and small triangular bodies
    true lobster
    large edible marine crustaceans having large pincers on the first pair of legs
    Nephrops norvegicus, Norway lobster
    edible European lobster resembling the American lobster but slenderer
    crawfish, crayfish, langouste, rock lobster, sea crawfish, spiny lobster
    large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
    Old World crayfish, ecrevisse
    small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
    American crayfish
    common large crayfishes of eastern North America
    pistol shrimp, snapping shrimp
    small shrimp that makes a snapping noise with one of their enlarged chelae
    Palaemon australis, long-clawed prawn, river prawn
    large (a foot or more) edible freshwater prawn common in Australian rivers
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    any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
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