blue crab


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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There’s a tiny American flag waving from a plastic blue crab near the cash register, sometimes a timely protest on the chalkboard menu. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Market Lunch may be the only thing in town that brings both parties to the table," 28 Aug. 2019 Openings: Memorial Trail Ice House coming to Memorial Park area Juicy Crawfish serves up its namesake, along with snow crab legs, blue crab, lobster tail, green mussels, clams and oysters by the half dozen or dozen. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Juicy Crawfish to open second Houston location near Texas Medical Center," 19 Aug. 2019 Shrimp hauls are down by up to 44%, blue crab is down by as much as 84%, and certain fish catches are also far below recent average hauls, the report says. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Floodwaters Diverted from New Orleans Killed Off Marine Life," 17 Sep. 2019 Maryland blue crabs are a classic Chesapeake delicacy that locals (and visitors!) enjoy steamed, sautéed, or mixed into soups and dips. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019 The menu includes sushi, sashimi, okonomiyaki, blue crab donabe hot pots, housemade tamago and a section devoted to kushiyaki. Los Angeles Times, "Open-fire cooking at the Table; more ramen from Jimin Kim in Koreatown," 13 Aug. 2019 Shrimp landings were down 63% and blue crab landings down 45% in April from the five-year average. Washington Post, "Louisiana governor: Upriver floods a disaster for fisheries," 17 June 2019 The menu includes 10 hand rolls, with ingredients such as spicy lobster, blue crab and seared scallops, along with Miyazaki A5 Wagyu nigiri, octopus sashimi and salmon nigiri topped with black caviar. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "A former Mozza chef is making tacos at Bee Taqueria in West Adams," 6 Aug. 2019 Last September, a crab vendor in Virginia pleaded guilty to conspiring to pass off foreign crab meat as Atlantic blue crab. National Geographic, "What is seafood fraud? Dangerous—and running rampant, report finds," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of blue crab

1763, in the meaning defined above

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