hard-shell crab

hard-shell crab

noun
a crab, especially an edible crab, that has not recently molted and has a hard shell.

Origin:
1900–05

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hard-shell crab
 
n
Compare soft-shell crab a crab, esp of the edible species Cancer pagurus, that has not recently moulted and therefore has a hard shell

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