finger grass
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, short body, covered with a strong shell or carapace. The abdomen is small and curled up beneath the body. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is applied to all the Brachyura, and to certain Anomura, as the hermit crabs. Formerly, it was sometimes applied to Crustacea in general. Many species are edible, the blue crab of the Atlantic coast being one of the most esteemed. The large European edible crab is {Cancer padurus}. {Soft-shelled crabs} are blue crabs that have recently cast their shells. See {Cancer}; also, {Box crab}, {Fiddler crab}, {Hermit crab}, {Spider crab}, etc., under {Box}, {Fiddler}. etc. [1913 Webster]

2. The zodiacal constellation Cancer. [1913 Webster]

3. [See {Crab}, a.] (Bot.) A crab apple; -- so named from its harsh taste. [1913 Webster]

When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl, Then nightly sings the staring owl. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A cudgel made of the wood of the crab tree; a crabstick. [Obs.] --Garrick. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mech.) (a) A movable winch or windlass with powerful gearing, used with derricks, etc. (b) A form of windlass, or geared capstan, for hauling ships into dock, etc. (c) A machine used in ropewalks to stretch the yarn. (d) A claw for anchoring a portable machine. [1913 Webster]

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

{Crab apple}, a small, sour apple, of several kinds; also, the tree which bears it; as, the European crab apple ({Pyrus Malus} var. sylvestris); the Siberian crab apple ({Pyrus baccata}); and the American ({Pyrus coronaria}).

{Crab grass}. (Bot.) (a) A grass ({Digitaria sanguinalis} syn. {Panicum sanguinalis}); -- called also {finger grass}. (b) A grass of the genus {Eleusine} ({Eleusine Indica}); -- called also {dog's-tail grass}, {wire grass}, etc.

{Crab louse} (Zo["o]l.), a species of louse ({Phthirius pubis}), sometimes infesting the human body.

{Crab plover} (Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic plover ({Dromas ardeola}).

{Crab's eyes}, or {Crab's stones}, masses of calcareous matter found, at certain seasons of the year, on either side of the stomach of the European crawfishes, and formerly used in medicine for absorbent and antacid purposes; the gastroliths.

{Crab spider} (Zo["o]l.), one of a group of spiders ({Laterigrad[ae]}); -- called because they can run backwards or sideways like a crab.

{Crab tree}, the tree that bears crab applies.

{Crab wood}, a light cabinet wood obtained in Guiana, which takes a high polish. --McElrath.

{To catch a crab} (Naut.), a phrase used of a rower: (a) when he fails to raise his oar clear of the water; (b) when he misses the water altogether in making a stroke. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Finger grass — Finger Fin ger (f[i^][ng] g[ e]r), n. [AS. finger; akin to D. vinger, OS. & OHG. fingar, G. finger, Icel. fingr, Sw. & Dan. finger, Goth. figgrs; of unknown origin; perh. akin to E. fang.] 1. One of the five terminating members of the hand; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • finger grass — noun 1. grasses with creeping stems that root freely; a pest in lawns • Syn: ↑crabgrass, ↑crab grass • Hypernyms: ↑grass • Hyponyms: ↑Egyptian grass, ↑crowfoot grass, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • finger grass — /ˈfɪŋgə gras/ (say fingguh grahs) noun → pangola grass. Also, woolly finger grass …   Australian English dictionary

  • finger-grass — fingˈer grass noun A grass of the genus Digitaria, with finger like spikes • • • Main Entry: ↑finger …   Useful english dictionary

  • finger grass — any of various grasses of the genus Chloris, having several narrow spikes in a terminal cluster. Also called windmill grass. [1815 25, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • common finger grass — pūkuotoji pirštuotė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Digitaria eriantha), paplitęs Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Digitaria eriantha angl. common finger grass; digit grass; pangola grass; woolly finger grass… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • woolly finger grass — pūkuotoji pirštuotė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Digitaria eriantha), paplitęs Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Digitaria eriantha angl. common finger grass; digit grass; pangola grass; woolly finger grass… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Milanje finger grass — kilimandžarinė pirštuotė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Digitaria milanjiana), paplitęs Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Digitaria milanjiana angl. digit grass; Milanje finger grass; woolly finger grass isp.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • woolly finger grass — kilimandžarinė pirštuotė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Digitaria milanjiana), paplitęs Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Digitaria milanjiana angl. digit grass; Milanje finger grass; woolly finger grass isp.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • feather finger grass — lieknoji plinkšė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Chloris virgata), paplitęs Afrikoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Chloris virgata angl. feather finger grass; feather windmill… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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