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crab1 British & World English

A crustacean, found chiefly on seashores, with a broad carapace, stalked eyes, and five pairs of legs, the first pair of which are modified as pincers

crab2 British & World English

Short for crab apple.

crab3 British & World English

Grumble about something petty

the Crab in crab1 British & World English

The zodiacal sign or constellation Cancer

crab apple British & World English

A small sour apple

blue crab British & World English

A large edible swimming crab of the Atlantic coast of North America

crab cake British & World English

A patty of flaked or minced crab meat, typically served fried

crab pot British & World English

A wicker trap for crabs

king crab British & World English

another term for horseshoe crab.

land crab British & World English

A crab that lives in burrows inland and migrates in large numbers to the sea to breed

pea crab British & World English

A minute soft-bodied crab that lives inside the shell of a bivalve mollusc, where it filters food particles from the water drawn into the shell by its host

sand crab British & World English

A crab that lives on or burrows in sand, especially one related to fiddler and ghost crabs

snow crab British & World English

An edible spider crab found off the eastern seaboard of Canada

soft crab British & World English

Another term for softshell crab.

Boston crab British & World English

A hold in which a wrestler sits astride a prone opponent and pulls upwards on the opponent’s legs

crab canon British & World English

Another term for canon cancrizans.

Crab Nebula British & World English

An irregular patch of luminous gas in the constellation Taurus, believed to be the remnant of a supernova explosion seen by Chinese astronomers in 1054. At its centre is the first pulsar to be observed visually, and the nebula is a strong source of high-energy radiation

crab spider British & World English

A spider with long front legs, moving with a crablike sideways motion and typically lying in wait in vegetation and flowers for passing prey

crab stick British & World English

A stick of mixed compressed fish pieces, rectangular in section, and including and flavoured with crab

edible crab British & World English

A large pinkish-brown European crab with black-tipped pincers, typically found in inshore waters and caught for food

ghost crab British & World English

A pale yellowish crab that lives in a burrow in the sand above the high-water mark and goes down to the sea at night to feed

green crab British & World English

A name for the common shore crab in its capacity as an invasive species in the US

hermit crab British & World English

A crab with a soft asymmetrical abdomen, which lives in a cast-off mollusc shell for protection. In several kinds the shell becomes covered with sponges, sea anemones, or bryozoans

mitten crab British & World English

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

oyster crab British & World English

A minute, soft-bodied crab that lives inside the shell of a bivalve mollusk, where it filters food particles from the water drawn into the shell by its host

robber crab British & World English

A large terrestrial crablike crustacean which climbs coconut palms to feed on the nuts, found on islands in the Indo-Pacific area

shore crab British & World English

A crab that inhabits the seashore and shallow waters

spider crab British & World English

A crab with long thin legs and a compact pear-shaped body, which is camouflaged in some kinds by attached sponges and seaweed

stone crab British & World English

A large, heavy, edible crab of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean area

coconut crab British & World English

Another term for robber crab.

fiddler crab British & World English

A small amphibious crab, the males of which have one greatly enlarged claw which they wave in territorial display and courtship

swimming crab British & World English

A coastal crab which has paddle-like rear legs for swimming

catch a crab British & World English

Make a faulty stroke in which the oar is jammed under water or misses the water altogether

Dungeness crab British & World English

A large crab found off the west coast of North America, where it is popular as food

horseshoe crab British & World English

A large marine arthropod with a domed horseshoe-shaped shell, a long tail spine, and ten legs, little changed since the Devonian

porcelain crab British & World English

A marine crablike crustacean with long antennae, related to the hermit crabs

softshell crab British & World English

A crab, especially a blue crab, that has recently moulted and has a new shell that is still soft and edible

crab louse in crab1 British & World English

A louse that infests human body hair, especially in the genital region, causing extreme irritation

crab tree in crab apple British & World English

The small tree that bears the crab apple

catch a crab in crab1 British & World English

Make a faulty stroke in which the oar is jammed under water or misses the water altogether

crab-apple tree in crab apple British & World English

The small tree that bears the crab apple

European green crab in green crab British & World English

A name for the common shore crab in its capacity as an invasive species in the US

Chinese mitten crab in mitten crab British & World English

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

common shore crab in shore crab British & World English

A crab that inhabits the seashore and shallow waters

Eurasian crab apple in crab apple British & World English

The small tree that bears the crab apple

velvet swimming crab in swimming crab British & World English

A coastal crab which has paddle-like rear legs for swimming


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