hermit crab

noun

Definition of hermit crab

:any of numerous chiefly marine small decapod crustaceans (especially families Diogenidae, Paguridae, and Parapaguridae) having soft asymmetrical abdomens and occupying the empty shells of gastropods

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First Known Use of hermit crab

1735


HERMIT CRAB Defined for English Language Learners

hermit crab

noun

Definition of hermit crab for English Language Learners

  • : a type of crab that lives in the empty shell of another animal (such as a snail)


HERMIT CRAB Defined for Kids

hermit crab

noun

Definition of hermit crab for Students

:a small crab that lives in the empty shells of mollusks (as snails)

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