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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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British Dictionary definitions for softshell 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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