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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Time your visit to the hour before or after low tide to explore the beach’s tide pools, teeming with starfish, mollusks and hermit crabs. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "3 Quick Escapes From Los Angeles," 1 Aug. 2018 Some Shore restaurant spaces are like hermit crab shells. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Jersey Shore restaurants offer tasty food options from Cape May to LBI," 29 June 2018 My mom also loaded me up with plants to take to my wife, so many plants, as well as three hermit crabs for my daughters. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Buick LeSabre rolls on in memory of Mamaw," 21 June 2018 Officers found 41 deceased animals, including rabbits, snakes, hermit crabs, tarantulas, hamsters, mice and fish. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Pet store was closed for maintenance. 41 animals were dead inside, Illinois cops say," 30 May 2018 Crabs and other critters It’s easy to spot hermit crabs, which inhabit other animal shells and live in the tidal pools. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, "A beachcombing guide: Things to find at the beach," 2 May 2018 But ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ is about as much fun as buying a dud hermit crab as a pet. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Broadway debut of La Jolla Playhouse's Jimmy Buffett musical 'Margaritaville' leaves a sour taste with critics," 16 Mar. 2018 Built into a teak replica of a fishing skiff in the center of the exhibits area, the pool encourages visitors to get their hands wet to engage with Cownose and Atlantic stingrays, along with horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs and sea anemones. Joe Burbank, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Volusia’s Marine Science Center a hidden treasure at Ponce Inlet," 13 Oct. 2017 The team also found similar structures in close relatives of these sea creatures: cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp, and hermit crabs. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Mantis shrimp brain contains memory and learning centers found only in insects," 6 Oct. 2017

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1735, in the meaning defined above

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hermit crab

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hermit crab

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

hermit crab

noun

Kids Definition of hermit crab

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

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