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

Examples of stone crab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celebrate the kick-off of the season with fresh Florida stone crab claws and live music on the waterfront. Kara Franker, Southern Living, 14 Nov. 2023 Order some cold stone crab claws at Walt’s Fish Market, a Sarasota institution that has been operating since 1918. Jacqueline Dole, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 Unlike most Florida seafood, stone crabs are served cold, usually atop a bed of ice. Skye Sherman, Southern Living, 12 June 2023 To top it off, seafood — from Maine's lobsters and Maryland's oysters to Florida's stone crabs — is abundant. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 7 June 2023 When hunger hits, head over to Eaton Street Seafood Market for lobster rolls and stone crab claws or grab a seat al fresco at local legend Blue Heaven for soups, salads, and Florida-Caribbean fare. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 30 June 2023 The raw bar has options from oysters with pickled ginger and vodka mignonette granita ($19) to a seafood tower with 12 oysters, 12 shrimp, a whole lobster and four stone crab claws ($115) There will also be sushi rolls ($18-$23), soups and salads ($10-$18), and hot or chilled appetizers ($9-$19). Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 23 Nov. 2021 The cafe, which looks like a giant tiki hut, gets its stone crab claws right off the boats, and traditionally, sponsors the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival. — Rochelle Koff, Tallahassee Table (Tallahassee Democrat) Star Fish Company 12306 46th Ave. Robyn George, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2023 The menu includes small bites (like deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket, lobster rolls, and stone crab claws) and larger plates (like lemon spaghetti with king crab and Florida snapper with salsa roja). Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stone crab was in 1709

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“Stone crab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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