Diogenes crab

Di·​og·​e·​nes crab | \ dīˈäjə(ˌ)nēz- \

Definition of Diogenes crab

: a terrestrial hermit crab (Cenobita diogenes) abundant in the West Indies and destructive to crops

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History and Etymology for Diogenes crab

so called from its habit of living in an empty shell as Diogenes is reputed to have lived in a tub

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“Diogenes crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Diogenes%20crab. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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