Chinese mitten crab

variants: or less commonly mitten crab

Definition of Chinese mitten crab

: a catadromous burrowing crab (Eriocheir sinensis of the family Varunidae) native to eastern Asia that has a light brown to olive green carapace and white-tipped claws with distinctive thick patches of setae

called also hairy crab

Note: The Chinese mitten crab has been accidentally introduced into waterways of Europe and North America where it is considered an invasive species. It is valued as a food in Chinese cuisine.

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First Known Use of Chinese mitten crab

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Chinese mitten crab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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