purple shore crab

purple shore crab

noun
See under shore crab.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

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shore crab

noun
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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