stone crab


Definition of stone crab

: a large brownish edible crab (Menippe mercenaria of the family Xanthidae) found on the southern coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean area

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Recent Examples on the Web An expanded seafood department will offer Florida Keys lobster, Florida stone crab and shrimp. Ron Hurtibise,, "Winn Dixie will replace Earth Fare in Boynton Beach. Here’s the rundown on vacant groceries in South Florida.," 6 Nov. 2020 This time of year, the state’s signature stone crab claws are in season. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Online Seafood Buying Guide: Where the Chefs Shop," 10 Dec. 2020 The primary target from Georgia through Florida is the Florida stone crab. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 For the indecisive, there’s the Chilled Seafood Platter with a selection of lobster, shrimp, stone crab, oysters, clams and ceviche over shaved ice for either two or four people for market price. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Remember Jimbo’s Sandbar in Hollywood? Now it’s Tiki Tiki.," 30 Oct. 2020 There are state size and number limits on stone crab claws that can be harvested by recreational collectors. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 The result: about 4,000 pounds of fresh stone crab ready for hungry Floridians. Chris Perkins,, "Stone crab season is under way with a mix of optimism and uncertainty under a coronavirus cloud," 16 Oct. 2020 Celebrate the kick off of the season with fresh Florida stone crab claws and live music on the waterfront. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Naples, Florida," 6 July 2020 Making things even better, the Super Bowl overlaps with stone crab season. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Super Bowl LIV: A NFL Hall of Famer shares 10 great places to check out in Miami," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of stone crab

1709, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Stone crab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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