Astacus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Astacus type genus of the family Astacidae; Old World crayfish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Astacus (Zoöl) A genus of crustaceans, containing the crawfish of fresh-water lobster of Europe, and allied species of western North America. See Crawfish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n astacus The typical genus of the family Astacidæ, and one of the two leading genera of fluviatile crawfishes, the other being Cambarus.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. astacus, a crab, Gr.

Usage

In literature:

ASTACUS FRANKLINII, t. 3. f.
"Journals Of Expeditions Of Discovery Into Central Australia And Overland" by Edward John Eyre
A species of Astacus, which, as far as I am aware, comes very close to the common European crayfish.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Over against him will I set the son of Astacus, a brave man and a modest.
"Stories from the Greek Tragedians" by Alfred Church
Astacus marinus pediculi marini facie found also in that place, with the aduantage of ye long foreclawes about 4 inches long.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne
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