spider crab


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 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 Justin Gilligan was in the Mercury Passage off the east coast of Tasmania when a congregation of giant spider crabs marched across the sea floor, covering a region about the size of a football field. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Tragedy and Beauty of Nature on Display in This Year’s Best Wildlife Photos," 19 Oct. 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 26 Feb. 2020.

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