Podophthalmus vigil
Sentinel Sen"ti*nel, n. [F. sentinelle (cf. It. sentinella); probably originally, a litle path, the sentinel's beat,, and a dim. of a word meaning, path; cf. F. sente path. L. semita; and OF. sentine, sentele, senteret, diminutive words. Cf. {Sentry}.] 1. One who watches or guards; specifically (Mil.), a soldier set to guard an army, camp, or other place, from surprise, to observe the approach of danger, and give notice of it; a sentry. [1913 Webster]

The sentinels who paced the ramparts. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Watch; guard. [Obs.] ``That princes do keep due sentinel.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A marine crab ({Podophthalmus vigil}) native of the Indian Ocean, remarkable for the great length of its eyestalks; -- called also {sentinel crab}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sentinel — Sen ti*nel, n. [F. sentinelle (cf. It. sentinella); probably originally, a litle path, the sentinel s beat,, and a dim. of a word meaning, path; cf. F. sente path. L. semita; and OF. sentine, sentele, senteret, diminutive words. Cf. {Sentry}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sentinel crab — Sentinel Sen ti*nel, n. [F. sentinelle (cf. It. sentinella); probably originally, a litle path, the sentinel s beat,, and a dim. of a word meaning, path; cf. F. sente path. L. semita; and OF. sentine, sentele, senteret, diminutive words. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sentinel crab — noun : a crab (Podophthalmus vigil) of the Indian ocean with very long eyestalks * * * sentinel crab noun A crab of the Indian Ocean with long eyestalks • • • Main Entry: ↑sentinel …   Useful english dictionary

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