Definition of Ocypode in US English:


(also Ocypoda)


  • A genus of swift-running sand crabs of the family Ocypodidae. Also (in form ocypode): a crab of this genus, a ghost crab.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Metropolitana. From scientific Latin Ocypode (F. Weber Nomenclator Entomologicus Secundum Entomologiam Systematicam ill. Fabricii 92/1; also Ocypoda, J. B. Lamarck Système des Animaux sans Vertèbres 149) from ancient Greek ὠκύποδ-, ὠκύπους swift-footed from ὠκύς swift (cognate with Sanskrit āśu-, Avestan āsu-) + -πους; compare -pode.