red king crab

noun

Definition of red king crab

: king crab sense 2a Red king crab is the showboat of the Northwest's billion-dollar fishing industry. It is a television sensation and a marketer's dream, its image emblazoned on bumper stickers, mugs, caps and T-shirts throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.— Craig Welch, Seattle Times, 16 Sept. 2013

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Red king crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20king%20crab. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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