a small grouping of decapod Crustacea, like the common crabs, characterized by a small and quick stomach, that is curved up underneath the large cephalo-thorax. [Also spelt Brachyoura.] See crab, and Illustration in Appendix.
a team of short-tailed stalk-eyed decapodous crus-taceans, such as for example ordinary crabs: opposed to Macrura (which see).
In mammalogy, a team of short-tailed bats, the same as Emballonuridæ (which see).