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Any of various decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura; a crab.

[From New Latin Brachyūra, infraorder name : Greek brakhu-, brachy- + Greek ourā, tail; see -urous.]

brach′y·u′ran, brach′y·u′rous (-yo͝or′əs) adj.


(ˌbrækɪˈjʊərən) ,




(Animals) any decapod crustacean of the group (formerly suborder) Brachyura, which includes the crabs
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Brachyura
[C19: from New Latin Brachyura (literally: short-tailed creatures), from brachy- + Greek oura tail]


(ˌbræk iˈyʊər ən)

1. belonging or pertaining to the suborder Brachyura, comprising the true crabs.
2. a brachyuran crustacean.
[1875–80; < New Latin Brachyur(a)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brachyuran - typical crabs
crustacean - any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
Brachyura, suborder Brachyura - an order of crustaceans (including true crabs) having a reduced abdomen folded against the ventral surface
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The biological survey conducted by Millard and Broekhuysen (1970) in the St Lucia Estuary revealed the presence of twenty-six brachyuran species, all located mainly within the Narrows and estuary basin.
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