oyster crab

noun

: a tiny crab (Pinnotheres ostreum) that lives as a commensal in the gill cavity of the oyster

Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oyster crab was in 1756

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“Oyster crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oyster%20crab. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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