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hermit crab

hermit crab

noun

: a type of crab that lives in the empty shell of another animal (such as a snail)

Full Definition of HERMIT CRAB

:  any of numerous chiefly marine small decapod crustaceans (especially families Diogenidae, Paguridae, and Parapaguridae) having soft asymmetrical abdomens and occupying the empty shells of gastropods

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First Known Use of HERMIT CRAB

1735

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