Definition of epicaridan in US English:

epicaridan

noun

Zoology
  • Any marine isopod crustacean of the suborder Epicaridea, the members of which are specialized as ectoparasites of other crustaceans. Now rare.

adjective

Zoology
  • Belonging to the suborder Epicaridea of isopod crustaceans; of or relating to isopods of this suborder.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Ogilvie (1797–1867), lexicographer. From scientific Latin Epicarides, former family name (P. A. Latreille Familles naturelles du règne animal 291; later Epicaridea, suborder name; compare French Épicarides (plural noun), in the same source; from epi- + ancient Greek καρίδ-, καρίς shrimp: see Caridea) + -an.

Pronunciation

epicaridan

/ˌɛpɪˈkarɪd(ə)n/