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Any marine isopod crustacean of the suborder Epicaridea, the members of which are specialized as ectoparasites of other crustaceans. Now rare.
Belonging to the suborder Epicaridea of isopod crustaceans; of or relating to isopods of this suborder.
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.
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