Definition of xiphosurid in English:

xiphosurid

adjective

Zoology
  • Designating an arthropod of the chelicerate family Xiphosuridae (also called Limulidae), characterized by a distinctive horseshoe-shaped carapace and a long spine-like telson; of or relating to this family.

noun

Zoology
  • A xiphosurid arthropod.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Geological Society of London. From scientific Latin Xiphosurus, former genus name (L. J. Fitzinger Neue Classification der Reptilien 48; from Xiphosura, former genus name) + -id, after scientific Latin Xiphosurida, family name and later order or suborder name.

Pronunciation

xiphosurid

/zɪfə(ʊ)ˈsjʊərɪd//zɪfə(ʊ)ˈsʊərɪd/