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Crustacea

n.

1814, Modern Latin neuter plural of crustaceus (animalia), literally "having a crust or shell," from Latin crusta "crust, rind, bark, hard shell" (see crust (n.)). Taken as a zoological classification by Lamarck, 1801; Cuvier (1798) had les insectes crustacées.

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  • The habitat of the parasites is sufficiently varied; Rotifers, crustacea, Annelids and fishes furnishing most of the hosts.

  • The crustacea of the Mammoth Cave have chosen to abide in darkness.

  • Similar arrangements in some of the more exclusively terrestrial crustacea will be mentioned in a later chapter.

    The Life of Crustacea William Thomas Calman
  • The roots of the trees were also covered with mussels, oysters, and other crustacea.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • This reparative power is possessed by some other animals, of which the starfishes and crustacea are the most familiar instances.

  • Nevertheless some of them have been hardy enough to encroach on the domain of the crustacea.

    Spiders Cecil Warburton
  • This may be illustrated by the familiar case of the crustacea Artemia salina and Artemia Milhausenii.

    Taboo and Genetics Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
  • Like most other kinds of crustacea, the prawn is much larger in tropical climates.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • I have already made use of this term for the corresponding parts in the embryos of crustacea.

  • The crustacea derive their name from the nature of their crust or covering.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold

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