Definition of coconut crab in English:

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coconut crab

noun

A large terrestrial crablike crustacean that climbs coconut palms to feed on the nuts, found on islands in the Indo-Pacific area. Also called robber crab.
  • Birgus latro, family Paguridae.
Example sentences
  • One of the more notable recent invaders is the large coconut crab, a hermit crab restricted to islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • You'll be happy to know that international cuisine features strongly, as well as local specialties including coconut crab and wild pigeon cooked island style in ground ovens.
  • Though we were actually searching for coconut crabs, this encounter became a moment I will always remember amongst the other riches of this majestic island.

Origin

So named because it climbs trees to reach coconuts.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: co·co·nut crab

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