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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various mantis shrimps of the genus Squilla, having sharp claws used for spearing prey.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The representative genus of Squillidæ, containing such crustaceans as S. mantis, the common mantis-shrimp or locust-shrimp. The southern squill of the United States is Coronis glabriuscula. See cuts under mantis-shrimp and Squillidæ.
  • noun Same as squill, 1.
  • noun Same as squill, 2.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous stomapod crustaceans of the genus Squilla and allied genera. They make burrows in mud or beneath stones on the seashore. Called also mantis shrimp. See Illust. under stomapoda.

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

  • noun zoology Any of the genus Squilla of mantis shrimps.

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

  • noun a kind of mantis shrimp

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Squilla, genus name, from Latin squilla, shrimp; see squill.]

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From the genus name.

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