Soft-shelled crab
Soft-shell Soft"-shell`, Soft-shelled Soft"-shelled`, a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster]

{Soft-shell clam} (Zo["o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}.

{Soft-shelled crab}. (Zo["o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1.

{Soft-shelled turtle}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Soft tortoise}, under {Soft}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • soft-shelled crab — noun 1. freshly molted crab with new shell still tender and flexible • Syn: ↑soft shell crab • Hypernyms: ↑crab, ↑crabmeat 2. edible crab that has recently molted and not yet formed its new shell • Syn: ↑soft shell crab …   Useful english dictionary

  • soft-shelled crab — /ˌsɒft ʃɛld ˈkræb/ (say .soft sheld krab) noun the common edible crab, Cancer pagurus, recently moulted and therefore in a suitable state to be cooked and eaten in its entirety …   Australian English dictionary

  • soft-shell crab — noun 1. freshly molted crab with new shell still tender and flexible • Syn: ↑soft shelled crab • Hypernyms: ↑crab, ↑crabmeat 2. edible crab that has recently molted and not yet formed its new shell • Syn: ↑soft shelled crab …   Useful english dictionary

  • Soft-shelled — Soft shell Soft shell , Soft shelled Soft shelled , a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster] {Soft shell clam} (Zo[ o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}. {Soft shelled crab}. (Zo[ o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1. {Soft shelled turtle}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soft-shelled turtle — Soft shell Soft shell , Soft shelled Soft shelled , a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster] {Soft shell clam} (Zo[ o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}. {Soft shelled crab}. (Zo[ o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1. {Soft shelled turtle}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soft-shelled crabs — Crab Crab (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soft-shell — Soft shelled Soft shelled , a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster] {Soft shell clam} (Zo[ o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}. {Soft shelled crab}. (Zo[ o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1. {Soft shelled turtle}. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Soft t …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soft-shell clam — Soft shell Soft shell , Soft shelled Soft shelled , a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster] {Soft shell clam} (Zo[ o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}. {Soft shelled crab}. (Zo[ o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1. {Soft shelled turtle}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soft crab — A crab that has just shed its shell and has not yet hardened its new shell; may be any species of crab, but the commercial soft shelled crab of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts is the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. (Syn. soft shelled crab) [Bliss,… …   Crustacea glossary

  • soft-shell — I. ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: soft (I) + shell 1. : having a soft or fragile shell especially as a result of recent shedding 2. : moderate in policy or doctrine : avoiding extreme principles or measures the sort of soft shell left of center… …   Useful english dictionary

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