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Dungeness crab

[duhn-juh-nes, duhn-juh-nes] /ˈdʌn dʒəˌnɛs, ˌdʌn dʒəˈnɛs/
an edible crab, Cancer magister, of shallow Pacific coastal waters from northern California to Alaska.
Also called market crab.
Origin of Dungeness crab
1920-25; after Dungeness, village in NW Washington Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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a variety of small crab from the Pacific Ocean with sweet-tasting meat

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named for a village on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state

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