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Dungeness crab Syllabification: Dun·ge·ness crab
Pronunciation: /ˌdənjənəs ˈkrab/

Definition of Dungeness crab in English:


A large crab found off the west coast of North America, where it is popular as food.
  • Cancer magister, family Cancridae
Example sentences
  • These findings are backed up by our work on behavioral responses and feeding behavior of Dungeness crabs in low salinity.
  • The most thoroughly studied system is the ontogeny of hemocyanin structure and function in Cancer magister, the Dungeness crab.
  • The section contains details of law violations ranging from possession of undersized Dungeness crabs to driving under the influence.


Mid 20th century: from Dungeness, the name of a fishing village on the coast of Washington.

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