box crab

noun

Definition of box crab

1 : a crab of the tropical oxystomatous family Calappidae
2 : a large rough anomuran crab (Lopholithodes foraminatus) of the Pacific coast of North America

called also shamefaced crab

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History and Etymology for box crab

so called from the way the legs fold against the carapace, resembling a box

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“Box crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/box%20crab. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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