crustacean

Pronunciation: [kruh-STAY-shuhn]

One of two main classifications of shellfish (the other being mollusk), crustaceans have elongated bodies and jointed, soft (crustlike) shells. The crustacean family includes barnacles, crab, crayfish, lobster, prawn and shrimp.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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