Definition of fiddler crab in English:

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fiddler crab

Pronunciation: /ˈfidlər krab/

noun

A small amphibious crab, the males of which have one greatly enlarged claw that they wave in territorial display and courtship.
  • Genus Uca, family Ocypodidae.
Example sentences
  • The male fiddler crab bangs territorial warnings into the sand with its oversized claw.
  • Males of the fiddler crab Uca musica sometimes build sand hoods at the entrances of their burrows, to which they attract females for mating with claw waving and other displays.
  • Foot-drumming of banner-tailed kangaroo rats and the chela drumming of the male fiddler crab are percussion-induced seismic signals.

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Syllabification: fid·dler crab

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