spider crab

noun

Definition of spider crab

: any of a family (Majidae) of crabs with extremely long legs and nearly triangular bodies which they often cover with kelp

Examples of spider crab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then there was a fresh chickpea salad, followed by ravioli of spider crab and algae, individually and beautifully plated on Vista Alegre tableware (the most prestigious in Portugal). Ann Abel, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Carefully curated menu highlights include lamb meatball pita, raw shrimp with fried head, spider crab salad, confit pork belly, along with daily specials. Roger Sands, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Although tacos have become Tijuana's most famous food export, innovative chefs below the border are bringing the city to the forefront of culinary excellence by preparing such dishes as squid, tuna, spider crab salad and confit pork belly. Roger Sands, Forbes, 16 May 2021 The common spider crab on the East Coast ranges from Nova Scotia through Florida and the Gulf Coast. Popular Science, 19 Oct. 2020 Researchers have observed that a molt of a single Japanese spider crab in captivity took 103 minutes, and the crab’s growth rate was nearly 22 percent. National Geographic, 16 Sep. 2020 At the 12-seat Six Test Kitchen, chef Ricky Odbert serves a tasting menu with inventive dishes like spider crab with sorrel and pomelo. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2020 Down there are bioluminescent or transparent fish and seaworms, giant spider crabs, vampire squid and the famous anglerfish. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 July 2019 Explore all-new exhibit where family meets giant Pacific octopus, moon jellyfish and Japanese spider crabs. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, 7 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of spider crab

circa 1710, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spider crab was circa 1710

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“Spider crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider%20crab. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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