• WordNet 3.6
    • n decapod cephalopods having eight short tentacles plus two long ones
    • n decapod crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Decapod dĕk"ȧ*pŏd (Zoöl) A crustacean with ten feet or legs, as a crab; one of the Decapoda. Also used adjectively, as a decapod crustacean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decapod Having ten feet, as a crustacean, or ten rays or arms, as a cephalopod; pertaining to the Decapoda in either sense. Also decapodal, decapodous.
    • n decapod In Crustacea, a decapodous or ten-footed crustacean, as a crab, lobster, shrimp, or prawn; one of the Decapoda.
    • n decapod In Mollusca, a decacerous or ten-armed cephalopod; one of the Decapoda.
    • n decapod Also, rarely, decapode.
    • n decapod In mech., a ten-wheeled locomotive; strictly, a locomotive having eight driving-wheels and a single truck: a type used for hauling heavy freight-trains.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Decapod dek′a-pod one of the shellfish which have ten feet or claws, as the crab
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. décapode,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. deka, ten, and pous, podos, a foot.


In literature:

You ask about the skipping of the Zoea stage in fresh-water decapods: is this an illustration of acceleration?
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Decapods, Zoea stage of.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
An extinct genus of Decapod Crustaceans.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
KEMP, S.: 1910, Notes on the Photophores of Decapod Crustacea.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey
Other allied species are found on Hermit Crabs and other Decapods.
"The Life of Crustacea" by William Thomas Calman
There are two principal groups of Cephalopods, viz., the Decapods and the Octopods.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg

In news:

Think about the emerald green of the Posidonia shrimp, the sly appearance of small blennies, the elegance of the tiny prairie star Asterina gibbosa, and the complex ethology of small decapods such as Cestopagurus timidus, Munida spp.