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purple shore crab

noun
1.
See under shore crab.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism

shore crab

noun
1.
any of numerous crabs that live along the shoreline between the tidemarks, as Hemigrapsus nudus (purple shore crab) of the Pacific coast of North America.
Origin
1840-50
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