blue crab

noun

Definition of 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 Chesapeake Bay Bistro in Ahwatukee specializes in an East Coast custom called the Maryland blue crab feast, a summertime celebration much like a crab boil, except that the crab is steamed rather than boiled. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2021 Halibut soared from $16 a pound to $28, while blue crab skyrocketed from $18 to $44—an increase of more than 140 percent. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 The little shop specializes in an East Coast custom called the Maryland blue crab feast, a summertime celebration much like a crab boil, except that the crab is steamed rather than boiled. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 Maryland blue crab draped with lemon beurre blanc and presented on a crisp wonton nets another rich pleasure. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 At Post + Beam, Armstrong had gumbo nights with crawfish gumbo, blue crab gumbo, shrimp-and-okra gumbo and other variations. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2021 Other menu options will include crab cakes made with lump blue crab, prime rib with a baked potato and a roasted bone-in, double-thick cut pork chop. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 Starters include seared tenderloin with ginger, garlic ponzu and microgreens; wild caught blue crab cakes with a red pepper remoulade; roasted bone marrow with oxtail jam and more. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The 150 restaurants and retailers that participate — a small fraction of the thousands in Maryland — commit to using 75% or more Maryland blue crab on a regular basis, and submit receipts to the state to verify their practice. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of blue crab

1763, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blue crab was in 1763

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10 Oct 2021

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“Blue crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20crab. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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