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coconut crab

a large, terrestrial crab, Birgus latro, of islands in the South Pacific, that feeds on coconuts.
Also called palm crab, purse crab, tree crab.
Origin of coconut crab
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The atoll is also home to the world's largest land-based invertebrate, the coconut crab.

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