from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See squilla.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Squilla, a tropical marine burrowing crustacean with large grasping appendages. Also called mantis crab and mantis prawn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stomatopodous crustacean of the family Squillidæ, as Squilla mantis or S. empusa: so called from the resemblance to the insect called mantis. See Gonodactylus, Squilla. Also called mantis-crab and locust-shrimp.
  • n. A læmodipodous crustacean of the family Caprellidæ, as Caprella linearis; a specter-shrimp: so called for the same reason as above.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tropical marine burrowing crustaceans with large grasping appendages


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