blue crab


: a large bluish-green edible crab (Callinectes sapidus of the family Portunidae) of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts

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Examples of blue crab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Popular dishes include potato gnocchi, northern halibut and Delta asparagus soup with blue crab creme fraiche, according to OpenTable. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 13 May 2024 The Chesapeake Bay was last approved for a disaster declaration in 2008, as blue crabs endured a precipitous decline that dated back to the 1990s. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 4 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for blue crab 

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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blue crab was in 1763

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“Blue crab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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