spider crab
Macropod Mac"ro*pod, n. [Macro- + -pod.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of a group of maioid crabs remarkable for the length of their legs; -- called also {spider crab}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Spider crab — Spider Spi der, n.[OE. spi[thorn]re, fr. AS. spinnan to spin; so named from spinning its web; cf. D. spin a spider, G. spinne, Sw. spindel. See {Spin}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of arachnids comprising the order Araneina. Spiders …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spider crab — n. any of a family (Majidae) of sea crabs with a pear shaped body and long, slender legs: they are often overgrown with algae, hydroids, etc …   English World dictionary

  • spider crab — any of various crabs of the family Majidae, having long, slender legs and a comparatively small, triangular body. [1700 10] * * * Any species of sluggish marine crab in the widely distributed family Majidae (or Maiidae). Spider crabs have a beak… …   Universalium

  • Spider crab — The term spider crab can refer to crab various species of crab in the family Majidae. See Crab spider for spiders of the Thomisidae family. *Japanese spider crab ( Macrocheira kaempferi ), the largest crab alive, found on the bottom of the… …   Wikipedia

  • spider crab — noun any of numerous crabs with very long legs and small triangular bodies • Hypernyms: ↑crab • Hyponyms: ↑European spider crab, ↑king crab, ↑Maja squinado, ↑giant crab, ↑Macrocheira kaempferi …   Useful english dictionary

  • spider crab — noun Any of various species of crab of the family Majidae with long legs …   Wiktionary

  • spider crab — (also known as macropod) crab having long legs and a triangular body …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spider crab — noun a crab with long, thin legs and a compact pear shaped body. [Macropodia and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • spider crab — spi′der crab n. ivt any of various crabs of the family Majidae, having long, slender legs and a comparatively small, triangular body …   From formal English to slang

  • spider crab — noun Date: circa 1710 any of a family (Majidae) of crabs with extremely long legs and nearly triangular bodies which they often cover with kelp …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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