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Decapod \Dec"a*pod\ (d[e^]k"[.a]*p[o^]d), n. [Cf. F. d['e]capode.] (Zo["o]l.) A crustacean with ten feet or legs, as a crab; one of the Decapoda. Also used adjectively, as a decapod crustacean. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1835 as a type of crustacean having 10 legs, from French décapode (1806), from Modern Latin Decapoda (animalia), from Greek dekapoda, neuter plural of dekapous "ten-footed" (see ten + foot (n.)). From 1888 as a type of locomotive.


alt. A decapod, the 0-10-0 and 2-10-0 steam locomotive configurations. n. A decapod, the 0-10-0 and 2-10-0 steam locomotive configurations.

  1. n. crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax [syn: decapod crustacean]

  2. cephalopods having eight short tentacles plus two long ones


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Usage examples of "decapod".

Now she put her other hand out beside the first, palms down, offering the decapod both fists.

Then, the decapod appeared, its tentacles holding a struggling mouse-fish.

The decapod did not return to the cave, and JJ was unable to locate any of the creatures at the reef or any of the nearby islands.

The decapod spun slowly in place, watching her from each of its many eyes in turn.

The decapod came back, hovered over the shapes, selected a cone, and inserted it into the appropriate hole in the board.

For a moment, she entertained the fantasy of the decapod installed in the Mother House and her teachers studying it.

Then she realized she was looking at another decapod, much smaller than the first, perhaps an infant.

At her feet, the decapod wrapped its tentacles around the dead infant.

Beside her, the decapod bobbed in the surf, sunlight spangling the bulbous head.

The decapod made its way up the beach, walking like a spider, head high over skinny legs, its body mottled brown now like the mud, trailing its sour odor.

If she truly believed the decapod was sentient -- and how could she not?

The decapod gave a small shudder, then lowered itself through the trapdoor in the floor and disappeared.

The decapod extended the shell with the sharpened edge, and when she hesitated, placed it on the sand in front of her.

The adult decapod pulled itself through the trapdoor and seemed to gaze at the jars too.

Like the other members of the dominant life form on the planet, Voth was a decapod, built on a body plan of two five-pointed stars joined at a common waist.