[puh-rahy-on, -rey-, -ree-]
noun, plural pereia [puh-rahy-uh, -rey-uh, -ree-uh] .
(in a crustacean) the thorax.

1850–55; < Neo-Latin, representing Greek peraiôn (present participle of peraioûn to carry about, transport); so called from the location of the legs on the thorax Unabridged
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