soldier crab
Hermit Her"mit, n. [OE. ermite, eremite, heremit, heremite, F. hermite, ermite, L. eremita, Gr. ?, fr. ? lonely, solitary. Cf. {Eremite}.] 1. A person who retires from society and lives in solitude; a recluse; an anchoret; especially, one who so lives from religious motives. [1913 Webster]

He had been Duke of Savoy, and after a very glorious reign, took on him the habit of a hermit, and retired into this solitary spot. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. A beadsman; one bound to pray for another. [Obs.] ``We rest your hermits.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Cookery) A spiced molasses cookie, often containing chopped raisins and nuts. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Hermit crab} (Zo["o]l.), a marine decapod crustacean of the family {Pagurid[ae]}. The species are numerous, and belong to many genera. Called also {soldier crab}. The hermit crabs usually occupy the dead shells of various univalve mollusks. See Illust. of {Commensal}.

{Hermit thrush} (Zo["o]l.), an American thrush ({Turdus Pallasii}), with retiring habits, but having a sweet song.

{Hermit warbler} (Zo["o]l.), a California wood warbler ({Dendroica occidentalis}), having the head yellow, the throat black, and the back gray, with black streaks. [1913 Webster]


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  • Soldier crab — Soldier Sol dier, n. [OE. souldier, soudiour, souder, OF. soldier, soldoier, soldeier, sodoier, soudoier, soudier, fr. L. solidus a piece of money (hence applied to the pay of a soldier), fr. solidus solid. See {Solid}, and cf. {Sold}, n.] 1. One …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soldier crab — is a term used in different parts of the world for different crustaceans: * Pagurus bernhardus , a European hermit crab * Coenobita clypeatus , a Caribbean hermit crab * Dotilla myctiroides , a true crab from South east Asia *several species of… …   Wikipedia

  • soldier crab — noun 1. : hermit crab 2. : fiddler crab * * * soldier crab noun A hermit crab • • • Main Entry: ↑soldier * * * soldier crab, = hermit crab. (Cf. ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • soldier crab — Fiddler Fid dler, n. [AS. fi[eth]elere.] 1. One who plays on a fiddle or violin. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A burrowing crab of the genus {Gelasimus}, of many species. The male has one claw very much enlarged, and often holds it in a position… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soldier crab — n. small Australian crab pale blue in color …   English contemporary dictionary

  • soldier-crab — n. Hermit crab …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • soldier crab — /ˈsoʊldʒə kræb/ (say sohljuh krab) noun a small pale blue Australian estuarine crab of genus Mictyris, which assembles in large numbers and gives the impression of soldiers drilling and manoeuvring in formation …   Australian English dictionary

  • soldier crab — noun Any of several crabs, especially the European or Caribbean hermit crabs (Pagurus bernhardus and Coenobita clypeatus) they are blue range to 15 cm …   Wiktionary

  • soldier-crab — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Soldier — Sol dier, n. [OE. souldier, soudiour, souder, OF. soldier, soldoier, soldeier, sodoier, soudoier, soudier, fr. L. solidus a piece of money (hence applied to the pay of a soldier), fr. solidus solid. See {Solid}, and cf. {Sold}, n.] 1. One who is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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