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soft-shell crab

noun
1.
a crab, especially the blue crab, that has recently molted and therefore has a soft, edible shell.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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  • Menu items include such seafood dishes as oysters, lobster, soft-shell crab and deep-fried catfish.
  • House specialties include soft-shell crab, fish with spicy sauce and curry duck.
  • Seafood is flown in fresh daily, and sushi and soft-shell crab appetizers appear frequently on the menu.
  • Within a few days, the soft-shell crab becomes an active, ravenous feeder.
British Dictionary definitions for soft-shell crab

soft-shell crab

noun
1.
a crab, esp of the edible species Cancer pagurus, that has recently moulted and has not yet formed its new shell Compare hard-shell crab
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