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mantis shrimp

noun
1.
any stomatopod crustacean having a pair of appendages modified for grasping prey and resembling those of a mantis.
Also called mantis crab.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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mantis shrimp

noun
1.
any of various burrowing marine shrimplike crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda that have a pair of large grasping appendages: subclass Malacostraca See also squilla
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Encyclopedia Article for mantis shrimp

any member of the marine crustacean order Stomatopoda, especially members of the genus Squilla. Mantis shrimps are so called because the second pair of limbs are greatly enlarged and shaped like the large grasping forelimbs of the praying mantid, or mantis, an insect.

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