blue crab


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

Illustration of blue crab

Illustration of blue crab

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One blue crab topped the charts with 7,000 parts per million of BMAA, twice as much toxin as found in a Guam bat . Kathleen Mcauliffe, Discover Magazine, 21 July 2011 Around Tunisia, the underwater warmth encouraged reproduction among invasive species such as the blue crab, said Hamdi Hached, an environmental consultant in Tunis at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Fox News, 15 Nov. 2022 Virginia and Maryland manage their blue crab fishery by watching female and juvenile crab numbers, but Moore said scientists are beginning to wonder whether there are enough males around. David Ress, Baltimore Sun, 23 Oct. 2022 The assessment will also see what new data about rainfall, water temperature and predators suggest about ways to manage blue crab numbers. David Ress, Baltimore Sun, 23 Oct. 2022 The restrictions are in response to a 60% drop in the Chesapeake blue crab population over the past four years, and a record low population of male crabs, which are what most people eat. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 12 July 2022 Crab is expensive, and king crab costs more than snow crab or blue crab. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2022 New restrictions on crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay will take effect this year after the blue crab count plummeted to its lowest level since surveys began in 1990. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 July 2022 Local favorite themed blue crab on wood with rope hanger for a front door or a wall. Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2022 See More

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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 8 Feb. 2023.

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