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 The common spider crab on the East Coast ranges from Nova Scotia through Florida and the Gulf Coast. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 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, "Japanese spider crab," 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, "This Long-overlooked California Region Has Offbeat Hotels, Stunning Beaches and Hiking Trails, and Some of the Best Wines in the West," 11 June 2020 Down there are bioluminescent or transparent fish and seaworms, giant spider crabs, vampire squid and the famous anglerfish. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The weird Upside Down science behind 'Stranger Things'," 4 July 2019 Explore all-new exhibit where family meets giant Pacific octopus, moon jellyfish and Japanese spider crabs. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: May 7-13," 7 May 2018 The Newport Aquarium's newest attraction, Ring of Fire, features giant Pacific octopus, moon jellyfish and Japanese spider crabs. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Spring break: How to celebrate without leaving town," 26 Mar. 2018 Pacific octopus, moon jellyfish and Japanese spider crabs. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week," 26 Feb. 2018 His idea of a good lunch included a dozen oysters, a spider crab with a half pint of mayonnaise, a dish of tripes à la mode de Caen, a partridge poached in cream and cider, a leg of lamb, a couple of steaks and a good Pont l’Évêque. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "Review: The American ‘Gourmands’ Way’ Through France," 17 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of spider crab

circa 1710, in the meaning defined above

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“Spider crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider%20crab. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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