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n. pl. lim·u·li (-lī, -lē)

[Latin līmulus, sidelong (from its motion), diminutive of līmus.]


n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(Animals) any horseshoe crab of the genus Limulus, esp L. polyphemus
[C19: from New Latin (name of genus), from Latin līmus sidelong]

horse′shoe crab′

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.
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Noun1.limulus - type genus of the family LimulidaeLimulus - type genus of the family Limulidae  
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
family Limulidae, Limulidae - horseshoe crabs
horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, Xiphosurus polyphemus, king 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
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