|n. pl.||1.||(Zool.) An order of Crustacea including the squillas. The maxillipeds are leglike in form, and the large claws are comblike. They have a large and elongated abdomen, which contains a part of the stomach and heart; the abdominal appendages are large, and bear the gills. Called also Gastrula, Stomatopoda, and Squilloidea.|
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.