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horseshoe crab

n.
Any of various marine arthropods of the order Xiphosurida, especially Limulus polyphemus of eastern North America, having a large rounded body and a stiff pointed tail. Also called king crab, limulus.

horseshoe crab

n
(Animals) any marine chelicerate arthropod of the genus Limulus, of North America and Asia, having a rounded heavily armoured body with a long pointed tail: class Merostomata. Also called: king crab

horse′shoe crab′


n.
any of several large marine arthropods of the order Xiphosura, esp. Limulus polyphemus, of E North American shores, having a stiff tail and brown carapace curved like a horseshoe. Also called king crab.
[1765–75]

horse·shoe crab

(hôrs′sho͞o′)
Any of various marine arthropods that have a large rounded shell that covers the body, two large compound eyes on the shell, and a stiff pointed tail. Horseshoe crabs are not in fact crabs, but belong to an ancient order of arthropods related to the spiders and extinct trilobites.
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Noun1.horseshoe crab - large marine arthropod of the Atlantic coast of North America having a domed carapace that is shaped like a horseshoe and a stiff pointed tailhorseshoe crab - large marine arthropod of the Atlantic coast of North America having a domed carapace that is shaped like a horseshoe and a stiff pointed tail; a living fossil related to the wood louse
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
genus Limulus, Limulus - type genus of the family Limulidae
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We can now explain why, for instance, horseshoe crabs have a reduced pair of limbs-the chilaria-at the back of their heads.
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Larry went killeying as a boy, using horseshoe crabs as bait to catch the killeys.
Selangor, Malaysia, June 22, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Human activity is affecting the population of Asian horseshoe crabs in the state of Sabah in Malaysia, possibly by disrupting the male to female ratio - that is the conclusion of a study that surveyed two populations of Mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) and studied their mating behaviour.
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Along with his fellow hobbyists, Carl was on the hunt for elusive eurypterids, an extinct group of aquatic arthropods (joint-legged invertebrates) distantly related to living horseshoe crabs and scorpions.