coconut crab

noun

Definition of coconut crab 

: a large burrowing land crab (Birgus latro) that is widely distributed about islands of the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans, has a varied omnivorous diet that includes coconuts, and possesses an oily flesh which is esteemed as a local delicacy

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This would include conspiracy theories that the aviation pioneer was taken captive by the Japanese, or the strange notion that her body may have been eaten by coconut crabs on the remote Nikumaroro island. Michelle Darrisaw, Southern Living, "Amelia Earhart’s In-Flight Menu Included This Staple Southern Ingredient," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of coconut crab

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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