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  • n. Plural form of crustacean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • One of the classes of the arthropods, including lobsters and crabs; -- so called from the crustlike shell with which they are covered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A class of Arthropoda; one of the prime divisions of articulated animals with articulated legs, as distinguished from Insecta, Myriapoda, and Arachnida respectively.

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

  • n. class of mandibulate arthropods including: lobsters; crabs; shrimps; woodlice; barnacles; decapods; water fleas


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  • Closely allied to the crustacea is the sub-family of the _mollusca_, which includes the oyster, clams, and similar creatures; also the snails, cuttle-fish, slugs, nautilus, sea-squirts, etc., etc.

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  • This leads to harmful effects for marine life that rely on calcification, such as crustacea and molluscs.

    British seas: More fish, cleaner and greater biodiversity, says Defra

  • {256} Dr. Reeves supposes these to have been "crustacea:" but their stinging and clinging prove them surely to have been jelly-fish -- medusae.

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  • Yale University Press Bookplate of a crab Pages with a nautical air: A crab, pictured here, seemed just right for Alois Rogenhofer, a librarian at the University of Vienna who wrote about crustacea.

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  • The Netherlands Ornithological Mauritanian Expedition of 1980 gathered comprehensive data on waders, crustacea, and other fauna.

    Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

  • Nineteen other tomes had been completed, ranging in subject from ethnography to ornithology, botany to crustacea, hydrology to physics.

    United States Exploring Expedition

  • The area of transition from freshwater glades to saltwater mangrove swamps is a highly productive zone that nurses great numbers of commercially valuable crustacea.

    Everglades National Park, United States

  • At least until New Year's Eve and Day, which I will also probably use as an excuse, even though Lobster God New Year is actually celebrated on February 29th, or what crustacea apostates call "Leap Year."

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  • Does that mean the cake is celebrating a trip to the supermarket to purchase pre-tinned crustacea?

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  • For example, the IUCN Red List reports that some 275 species of freshwater crustacea and 420 freshwater mollusks are globally threatened, although no comprehensive global assessment has been made of all the species in these groups.

    Ecosystems and Human Well-being~ Wetlands and Water~ Wetlands and Water~ Ecosystems and Human Well-being


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