nounchiefly North American
A crab, especially a blue crab, that has recently moulted and has a new shell that is still soft and edible. Also called soft crab.
More 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.
Definition of softshell crab in:
- The US English dictionary