tanner crab

noun

Definition of tanner crab

: any of several spider crabs (genus Chionoecetes) especially : snow crab

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Recent Examples on the Web Test line fisheries at Cook Inlet might be shortened and tanner crab surveys at Prince William Sound could get the ax. Anchorage Daily News, "Breaking down the Alaska budget’s impact on commercial fisheries," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tanner crab

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tanner crab

probably from New Latin tanneri, specific epithet of Chionoecetes tanneri, from Zera L. Tanner †1906 American naval officer

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“Tanner crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanner%20crab. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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