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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This year, only the harvesting of female blue crabs was restricted. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Why has crab been scarce at New Orleans restaurants?," 19 Apr. 2018 The blue crab’s beautiful lumps are featured in a variety of preparations at area restaurants. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland lawmakers seek relief for crab shacks from food stamps rule," 14 June 2018 Tucked inside Downtown Indianapolis Marriott, but far from the stereotypical hotel restaurant thanks to creative-but-approachable dishes such as crisp, corn-sweet hush puppies loaded with blue crab. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 Sea To Table also promoted fresh blue crab from Maryland in January, even though the season closed in November. chicagotribune.com, "'Sustainably caught' seafood? Nationwide distributor's murky supply chain exposed," 14 June 2018 Not unlike the blue crab in the Chesapeake Bay, the gamba roja is a regional delicacy that has transcended fishing to become something of a cultural touchstone, and more recently, a draw for tourism. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Smithsonian, "How a Fallback to Historic Traditions Might Save Catalonia’s Red Shrimp Fishery," 5 July 2018 Summer squash goes with blue crab-stuffed pasta, garnished with cold pickles and sweet corn. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville chefs re-imagine menus when you're just too hot to eat," 3 July 2018 The result is a menu with crispy fried oysters with bourbon-barrel soy mash aioli; squid-ink fusilli with chorizo sausage, blue crab and saffron coconut butter; and fermented pork belly with crispy sticky rice cake and shallot kimchi. Houston Chronicle, "Austin, Waco, New Orleans and more: An easy guide to easy getaways from Houston," 10 May 2018 No community in the bay is so identified with the blue crab, so economically bound to the small but com-bative creature, as Tangier. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018

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1763, in the meaning defined above

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