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 similar to that in which a musician holds a fiddle, hence the name; -- called also {fiddler crab}, {calling crab}, {soldier crab}, and {fighting crab}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The common European sandpiper ({Tringoides hypoleucus}); -- so called because it continually oscillates its body. [1913 Webster]

{Fiddler crab}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Fiddler}, n., 2. [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 — 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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