Definition of mitten crab in English:

mitten crab

Line breaks: mit¦ten crab
(also Chinese mitten crab)


  • An olive-green Asian crab with hairy pincers that has been introduced into Europe, where it lives in fresh water and estuaries and can become a pest.
    • Eriocheir sinensis, family Grapsidae
    More example sentences
    • In Asia the mitten crab is considered a delicacy.
    • The mitten crab was first recorded in the River Aller near Weser in Germany, but has since spread throughout northern Europe as well as North America.
    • As we wandered around the first section of the aquarium, peering into tanks and adoring the cuddly-looking mitten crab, we discovered a tank that seemed to have nothing in it.

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