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[stoh-mat-uh-pod, stoh-muh-tuh-] /stoʊˈmæt əˌpɒd, ˈstoʊ mə tə-/
any crustacean of the order Stomatopoda, having a carapace that does not cover the posterior thorax and a broad abdomen bearing gills on the appendages.
1875-80; stomato- + -pod Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for stomatopod


/ˈstɒmətəˌpɒd; ˈstəʊ-/
any marine crustacean of the order Stomatopoda, having abdominal gills: subclass Malacostraca. The group includes the mantis shrimp
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek stoma mouth + -podos, pous foot
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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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