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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Recent Examples on the Web Sauteed jumbo lump blue crab cakes are served with remoulade. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Gambit's 2020 Fall Dining Guide: Where to eat in the New Orleans area amid new reopening phase," 12 Oct. 2020 Early in the week, even with a hurricane threat looming, customers lined up to choose from the store’s vast displays of fresh shrimp, oysters and live blue crab. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Rose’s Seafood prepares for Laura," 26 Aug. 2020 For these reasons, animal rights groups, conservationists and a handful of companies have been pushing for the development and approval of synthetic alternatives to the milky-blue crab blood, reports James Gorman for the New York Times. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine Runs on Horseshoe Crab Blood," 8 June 2020 In the waters off Maryland and Virginia, the blue crab population thrives in the brackish estuaries and salt marshes. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Blue Crab," 30 June 2020 It was first seen off Egyptian waters in the 1940s, but reports of blue crab sightings in Italy, Israel, Greece, and Turkey have been made, too. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Blue Crab," 30 June 2020 And as the fish have declined, so have their predators, including squid, blue crabs, bottlenose dolphins, oysters, red snapper and southern hake. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "10 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, oil pollution found in thousands of fish, study says," 20 Apr. 2020 The restaurant specializes in Cajun-style seafood boils featuring blue crab, crawfish, mussels and the likes. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "The Juicy Crab, an Atlanta-based celebrity favorite, opens Houston-area spot," 3 July 2019 Innovative telemetry tracks the migrations of blue crabs, sharks and waterfowl to protect their life cycles. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of blue crab

1763, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2020

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“Blue crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20crab. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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