king crab

noun

Definition of king crab

2 : any of several very large crabs especially : one (Paralithoides camtschaticus) of the North Pacific caught commercially for food

Examples of king crab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The steaks come with with mashed potatoes and asparagus, two 6-ounce lobster tails or king crab, and Caesar or mixed-greens salad. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area restaurants are doing Mother's Day specials by takeout this year," 30 Apr. 2020 Alaska’s cod supplies are at a 20-year low and declining; red king crab harvests are at a 50-year low. Anchorage Daily News, "Fish and Game unveils playing cards filled with facts about Alaska rockfish," 17 Dec. 2019 An arriving officer talked to the loss management employee, who said that the day before, a bald man wearing a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans had stolen king crab legs. John Benson, cleveland, "Cuyahoga Falls king crab thief visits local grocery store: Brecksville Police Blotter," 15 Apr. 2020 Jackson’s favorite food is seafood, especially king crab. Dallas News, "Girls basketball player of the week (2/23): South Grand Prairie’s Kiara Jackson," 23 Feb. 2020 That included nearly 16 million pounds of red king crab valued at $293 million and 4.6 million pounds of frozen sockeye salmon worth over $16.7 million. Anchorage Daily News, "Russia-Alaska seafood trade remains a one-way street benefiting Russia," 18 Feb. 2020 Any Asian market worth its salt has a live seafood section featuring tanks brimming with fish and king crabs. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "5 things you have to check out at the new 99 Ranch supermarket," 18 Jan. 2020 Later, when surimi became widely available, sushi counters substituted the cheap processed fish sticks for king crab. Washington Post, "Made in America," 11 Oct. 2019 Arab princes pay $50,000 and up for falcons smuggled off Kamchatka, while Asian pirate ships used to vacuum up king crabs from the Sea of Okhotsk. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, "Forged by Volcanoes, Kamchatka Offers Majestic, Magnetic Wilds," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of king crab

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2020

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“King crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/king%20crab. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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king crab

noun

English Language Learners Definition of king crab

: a very large type of crab

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