green crab

noun

Definition of green crab

: a nearly cosmopolitan edible crab (Carcinus maenas) found along shores chiefly in the intertidal zone

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First Known Use of green crab

1763, in the meaning defined above

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“Green crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/green%20crab. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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