One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling or related to the genus Maja; specifically belonging to the group (now a superfamily) Majoidea (formerly Maioidea) of decapod crustaceans, containing the genus Maja and other genera of spider crabs.
A majoid crab.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From Maja + -oid.
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