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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Recent Examples on the Web That’s one reason king crab legs cost significantly more than other species. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Crabs fell on Alabama: The new seafood shacks taking over the state," 29 Apr. 2021 For curbside pickup, three courses will be available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; choices include king crab dinner and lobster-avocado BLT, with prices from $50 to $90. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mother's Day 2021: Milwaukee-area restaurants for dining in or takeout," 29 Apr. 2021 While snow and king crab legs may be harder to find this year, there are other ways to enjoy the crustaceans, like blue crabs in a crab boil and she-crab soup. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Crab Leg Shortage Hits Myrtle Beach Restaurants," 16 Apr. 2021 The purchase comes with 3% of the Bering Sea snow crab and red king crab quota, along with seven crab vessels. Anchorage Daily News, "Privately funded study to examine role of regional magnetism in migration of Bristol Bay salmon," 12 Jan. 2021 Dishes include king crab deviled eggs with Osetra caviar, roasted zucchini salad, fennel stuffed salmon with quinoa pilaf and grilled lamb chops. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Easter 2021: Hop to these 22 San Diego County restaurants for brunch or dinner," 26 Mar. 2021 For dine-in guests: a prix fixe brunch menu ($49/person) featuring lobster quiche Florentine, king crab omelet with three-citrus hollandaise, crispy chicken white cheddar jalapeño biscuits and more. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Easter feasters: Check out these meals and deals around Orlando," 26 Mar. 2021 Sip and taste their charcuterie board, king crab tempura, A-5 wagyu tartare, and caviar, among others. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Oahu Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 The golden king crab the catch was nearing 5 million pounds out of a 6 million pound catch quota. Anchorage Daily News, "One Alaska king salmon is worth the same as two barrels of oil right now," 9 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of king crab

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“King crab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of king crab

: a very large type of crab

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