snow crab

noun

Definition of snow crab

: any of several long-legged crabs (genus Chionoecetes, especially C. opilio and C. bairdi) of the eastern north Pacific Ocean and especially Alaska and the western north Atlantic Ocean that are used for food

Examples of snow crab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Managers set the snow crab catch at 45 million pounds, a 32 percent increase from last season’s take of 34 million pounds. Anchorage Daily News, "Loan program lets 8 young Alaska fishermen obtain quota shares," 13 Oct. 2020 On the brighter side, the snow crab stock has been on a steady upward tick. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic restrictions create uncertainties for Bering Sea crab fleet," 15 Sep. 2020 Most of the Russian products are red king crab, snow crab, cod and sockeye salmon which are lower priced and compete directly with Alaska seafood on supermarket shelves. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska fishermen hurt by U.S. trade standoffs can apply for federal relief funds," 22 Sep. 2020 This week the Crab Plan Team, advisers to state and federal fishery managers who jointly manage the fisheries, will review stock assessments and other science used to set the catches for Bristol Bay red king crab, Tanners and snow crab. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic restrictions create uncertainties for Bering Sea crab fleet," 15 Sep. 2020 Fiscal watchdog Open the Books dished to us a few examples of last year’s spending binges, including $502,026 on booze and $4.6 million on lobster tail and snow crab. ... Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Buzz: Kudlow loves the 'telesomething' economy, Federal booze bill, Pennsylvania candidate taps Portland, McAuliffe wants in," 21 Aug. 2020 The South Carrollton roll includes tuna tataki, avocado and snow crab. NOLA.com, "Out_To_Eat-Long 8-18-20," 17 Aug. 2020 Popular items such as General Tso’s chicken, fried rice, and beef with broccoli are still on the menu, but new are the boils with shrimp, snow crab legs, mussels, squid, lobster tail, clams and crawfish. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Downtown Chinese restaurant reopens, adds Cajun food to menu," 7 Aug. 2020 Steaming, grilling, or oven baking are reliable reheating methods for both snow crab legs and king crab legs. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What’s the Difference Between Snow Crab and King Crab?," 2 July 2020

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2020

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“Snow crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snow%20crab. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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