Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the Malacostraca, Also malacostracous.
  • noun A malacostracous crustacean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Malacostraca.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology Any of very many crustaceans of the class Malacostraca

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Examples

  • Thus Fritz Müller has made the remarkable discovery that certain shrimp-like crustaceans (allied to Penœus) first appear under the simple nauplius-form, and after passing through two or more zoea-stages, and then through the mysis-stage, finally acquire their mature structure: now in the whole great malacostracan order, to which these crustaceans belong, no other member is as yet known to be first developed under the nauplius-form, though many appear as zoeas; nevertheless Müller assigns reasons for his belief, that if there had been no suppression of development, all these crustaceans would have appeared as nauplii.

    XIV. Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology-Embryology-Rudimentary Organs. Development and Embryology

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