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Definition of "decapod" [dec•a•pod]

  • A crustacean of the order Decapoda, such as a crab, lobster, or shrimp, characteristically having ten legs, each joined to a segment of the thorax. (noun)
  • A cephalopod mollusk, such as a squid or cuttlefish, having ten armlike tentacles. (noun)
  • Of or relating to the Decapoda or a decapod. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "decapod" in a sentence
  • "The French embassy said a year-long research of fauna conducted in the deep-sea and coastal ecosystems of Panglao Island resulted in the discovery of over 1,200 species of decapod or 10-legged crustaceans and some 6,000 species of mollusks."
  • "To put it in perspective, the whole decapod crustacean (shrimp or prawn) fauna of Japan barely exceeds 1,600 species."
  • "Annotated checklist of marine decapod Crustacea from Shark Bay, Western Australia."