box crab

noun

Definition of box crab

  1. 1 :  a crab of the tropical oxystomatous family Calappidae

  2. 2 :  a large rough anomuran crab (Lopholithodes foraminatus) of the Pacific coast of North America —called also shamefaced crab

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Origin and Etymology of box crab

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


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