Meaning of Decapoda in English:


plural noun

  • 1An order of crustaceans which includes shrimps, crabs, and lobsters. They have five pairs of walking legs and are typically marine.

    • ‘Potentially recent major gene order rearrangements have been documented within the crustacean order Decapoda, the gastropod superfamily Helicoidea, the parasitic flatworm genus Schistosoma, and the tick family Ixodidae.’
    • ‘Other aspects of the morphology of Palaeopemphix that separate it from the Decapoda include the bivalved nature of the carapace and the strong development of the lateromarginal carina, or doublure.’
    • ‘The Penaeidae fall within the order Decapoda (class Malacostraca), which contains most commercially important crustacean species.’
    • ‘Thus, the evolutionary history of the Decapoda, especially the Brachyura, may be more ancient than previously believed.’
    • ‘An alternate suggestion is that the Cretaceous and the Eocene were each times of rapid evolution within the Decapoda.’
  • 2A former order of cephalopod molluscs which includes squids and cuttlefishes, which have eight arms and two long tentacles.


Modern Latin (plural), from deca-‘ten’ + Greek pous, pod- ‘foot’.