king crab


Definition of king crab

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

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So too is the menu: Shellfish towers loaded with oysters (there will be 16 varieties available), clams, mussels, shrimp, king crab legs and Maine lobster. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Loch Bar brings seafood tavern concept to River Oaks," 21 June 2019 Lobster also played a key role in an indulgent seafood tower, drawn clean from its shell and sharing a bed of ice with fat shrimp, big crab claws, fresh oysters and king crab legs cut cleanly in half to get every sweet bite without the fight. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Silo Terrace Oyster Bar now San Antonio’s best seafood restaurant," 20 June 2019 Yes, there were steaks, but also king crab claws, seafood towers, truffle macaroni and cheese and key lime pie just to name a few of the dishes. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston senior who fed pizza to homeless instead of graduation party is feted by posh steakhouse," 17 June 2019 At Norton Sound, a red king crab harvest is ongoing with a catch of about 15,000 pounds so far out of a 50,000-pound winter catch quota. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska salmon permit values stall amid lackluster catch forecast," 14 Apr. 2018 The star of the menu, though, is the monster Bloody Mary—it's topped with a hush puppy, lobster claw, king crab leg, Old Bay spiced shrimp, and a pickle. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 That includes 185,000 pounds of frozen sockeye salmon valued at nearly $700,000; over 375,000 pounds of red king crab valued at more than $6.6 million and nearly 1.3 million pounds of snow crab worth $4.3 million. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Decline in Pacific halibut fishery not as severe as feared," 26 Mar. 2018 Besch has added in thick nubs of king crab and lays down a base of silky corn pudding, which provides a cohesive richness and velvety finish. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "At BLVD, you'll find approachable fine dining in a glamorous setting," 6 Oct. 2017 Tightly wound strips of lobster tagliatelle are graced with king crab meat and matsutake mushroom butter, in a bit of richness-on-richness indulgence. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Band of Bohemia's chef Ian Davis is a name to watch," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of king crab

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of king crab

: a very large type of crab

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