Definition of hermit crab in English:

hermit crab

Syllabification: her·mit crab


  • A crab with a soft asymmetrical abdomen that lives in a castoff mollusk shell for protection. In several kinds, the shell becomes covered with sponges, sea anemones, or bryozoans.
    • Superfamily Paguroidea
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    • The fossil trackway undoubtedly was produced by a terrestrial hermit crab, like those that are common in beach and dune environments in the Bahamas today.
    • Track size varies depending on the size of the terrestrial hermit crab making the trace.
    • And just as a mollusk shell once vacated may be taken over by a hermit crab, the external forms of our lives will be filled by others after we are gone.

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