Definition of soft-shell crab in English:

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soft-shell crab

(also softshell crab)


chiefly North American
A crab, especially a blue crab, that has recently molted and has a new shell that is still soft and edible. Also called soft crab.
Example sentences
  • The Spider roll in particular, with its fried softshell crab, tasted too much of cooking oil.
  • The shrimp heads are tempura-fried and served whole alongside, which is not all that different from eating a softshell crab.
  • They vend both catfish and softshell varieties of the po’ boy sandwich, but my preference far and away is the softshell crab.

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Syllabification: soft-shell crab

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