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from The Century Dictionary.

  • A division of malacostracous Crustacea, having the eyes borne upon movable eye-stalks or opnthalmites, and the cephalothorax forming a carapace; the stalk-eyed crustaceans: distinguished from Edriophthalmia.

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

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) The stalk-eyed Crustacea, -- an order of Crustacea having the eyes supported on movable stalks. It includes the crabs, lobsters, and prawns. Called also Podophthalmata, and Decapoda.

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  • An order of Crustacea having the eyes supported on movable stalks. It includes the crabs, lobsters, and prawns. Called also Podophthalmata, and Decapoda.

    December 16, 2008

  • I've always wanted eye-stalks.

    December 17, 2008

  • *sigh* Me too. Moveable ones.

    December 17, 2008

  • It makes you wonder why we haven't evolved them yet. I mean, assuming they were fully retractable, would there be any disadvantage to having them?

    Surely it's only a matter of time before the first podophthalmic child is born - and that child will dominate his peers and produce podophthalmic progeny.

    December 17, 2008

  • *ponders*

    Would such a development devastate the periscope industry, mayhap?

    December 17, 2008

  • Strange. I've always wanted moveable eyestalks too.

    But if I know humankind, we'd ruin it somehow. Before you could blink those eyestalks just once, there'd be a burgeoning market for eyestalk apparel, eyestalk tattoos, eyestalk jewelry, eyestalk makeup....Oh, it would be terrible.

    Give me two plain eyestalks any day, though.

    December 17, 2008

  • It's remarkable to return to my computer after several hours away and find all of this discussion by so many people on a topic such as this.

    BTW, how does one go about making an addition like the one I made appear as a gray definition beside the word rather than as a comment. I referenced FAQ and found this: "The definitions come from an open-source project called WordNet. If they don't provide a definition, then Wordie doesn't show one. So far, there is no way to add a definition - but you can add it as a comment on the word page." That's got to be an intrabuccal linguisticism again, n'est ce pas?

    December 17, 2008

  • Yaybob: originally those definitions weren't there, and all you got was the word page and whatever comments were left. You are more than welcome to post your definition of choice as a comment, though. It wouldn't make sense to have some WordNet definitions be from WordNet and some from users.

    December 17, 2008

  • To add to Chained_Bear's reply, you can also add a private note (that no other Wordie will see) by clicking on the link just above the comments. So if you'd rather keep a definition to yourself--or just curse uncontrollably--that's the place to do it. :-)

    December 17, 2008

  • Yaybob-this is a very mild example of the wordie treatment, a phenomenon of some standing around here; first identified by reesetee on the luncheon discussion as far as I can tell. A more spectacular (and more deliberate) example may be found at greetings. And just about everywhere else, now that I think of it.

    December 18, 2008