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 who is engaged in military service as an officer or a private; one who serves in an army; one of an organized body of combatants. [1913 Webster]

I am a soldier and unapt to weep. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Especially, a private in military service, as distinguished from an officer. [1913 Webster]

It were meet that any one, before he came to be a captain, should have been a soldier. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. A brave warrior; a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor; -- used by way of emphasis or distinction. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The red or cuckoo gurnard ({Trigla pini}.) [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) One of the asexual polymorphic forms of white ants, or termites, in which the head and jaws are very large and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest. See {Termite}. [1913 Webster]

{Soldier beetle} (Zo["o]l.), an American carabid beetle ({Chauliognathus Americanus}) whose larva feeds upon other insects, such as the plum curculio.

{Soldier bug} (Zo["o]l.), any hemipterous insect of the genus {Podisus} and allied genera, as the spined soldier bug ({Podius spinosus}). These bugs suck the blood of other insects.

{Soldier crab} (Zo["o]l.) (a) The hermit crab. (b) The fiddler crab.

{Soldier fish} (Zo["o]l.), a bright-colored etheostomoid fish ({Etheostoma c[oe]ruleum}) found in the Mississippi River; -- called also {blue darter}, and {rainbow darter}.

{Soldier fly} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of small dipterous flies of the genus {Stratyomys} and allied genera. They are often bright green, with a metallic luster, and are ornamented on the sides of the back with markings of yellow, like epaulets or shoulder straps.

{Soldier moth} (Zo["o]l.), a large geometrid moth ({Euschema militaris}), having the wings bright yellow with bluish black lines and spots.

{Soldier orchis} (Bot.), a kind of orchis ({Orchis militaris}). [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 — 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… …   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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