mantis shrimp definition

  • noun:
    • See squilla.
    • The Squilla, a tropical marine burrowing crustacean with huge grasping appendages. Also referred to as mantis crab and mantis prawn.
    • A stomatopodous crustacean of this household Squillidæ, as Squilla mantis or S. empusa: so-called from the similarity towards the insect called mantis. See Gonodactylus, Squilla. Also called mantis-crab and locust-shrimp.
    • A læmodipodous crustacean of household Caprellidæ, as Caprella linearis; a specter-shrimp: so named for the same reason as above.
    • tropical marine burrowing crustaceans with huge grasping appendages

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