brachyura definition

  • noun-plural:
    • 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.
  • others:
    • 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 Emballonurid√¶ (which see).
    • Also Brachyoura.
  • noun:
    • an order of crustaceans (including true crabs) having a reduced stomach collapsed from the ventral surface

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