hard-shell crab

noun

: a crab that has not recently shed its shell

called also hard-shelled crab

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The crabs have a rich, delicate flavor and can be fried and eaten whole in their soft-shell form, eliminating the tedious task of picking meat out of limbs, as with hard-shell crabs. Laura Poppick, Scientific American, 30 Oct. 2019 Like hard-shell crabs, neck bones require a little effort to enjoy, given that some of the prime eating is in their nooks and crannies. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 12 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard-shell crab was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Hard-shell crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-shell%20crab. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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