Dungeness crab


Dunge·​ness crab ˌdən-jə-ˌnes- How to pronounce Dungeness crab (audio)
: a large edible crab (Cancer magister) of the Pacific coast of North America from Alaska to California

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Examples of Dungeness crab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fishermen The same week as Dungeness crab season is cut short to protect whales, federal regulators ban all salmon fishing off California for the second year in a row due to low numbers following the state’s recent drought. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 14 Apr. 2024 Some skeptics of reintroduction question whether otters could threaten Dungeness crab fisheries, one of the most economically valuable in California, but research has found their populations do not harm these fisheries. Olivia Ferrari, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2024 For a big group — or a hungry couple — a popular choice is the King’s Seafood Boil, with lobster tails, peel-and-eat shrimp, sausage, potatoes and Dungeness crab legs, boiled and tossed in garlic butter seasoning ($119.95). Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Recent menus featured cauliflower with California White Sturgeon caviar and wild foraged greens and a seafood tower with Foxley River oysters, Bay scallops, and Dungeness crab dip. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 Book now with Princess Cruises Assist crew in pulling in crab pots and indulge in fresh Dungeness crab during this popular Celebrity Cruises excursion. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Mar. 2024 The Bay Area’s commercial Dungeness crab season can begin Jan. 18, state officials announced Thursday, now that many of the migrating behemoths of the sea have safely made their way down the coast. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 11 Jan. 2024 From 2014 to 2022, commercial Dungeness crab fishing in California was responsible for 28 percent of all humpback entanglements off the state’s coast, according to a Bay Nature report cited by Eater SF. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2023 Orcas were teaching one another how to sink boats, and the population decline of Dungeness crabs may be due partly to ocean acidification worsening their sense of smell. Lawrence Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023

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Word History


Dungeness, village on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dungeness crab was in 1896

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“Dungeness crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dungeness%20crab. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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