hard-shelled crab
noun see hard-shell crab

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hard-shelled crab — ☆ hard shelled crab or hard shell crab n. a crab, esp. an edible sea crab, before it has shed its hard shell * * * …   Universalium

  • hard-shelled crab — ☆ hard shelled crab or hard shell crab n. a crab, esp. an edible sea crab, before it has shed its hard shell …   English World dictionary

  • hard-shelled crab — noun see hard shell crab * * * hard shell crab or hard shelled crab, any crab, especially the edible blue crab, having a hard shell between molting periods …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard-shell crab — noun edible crab that has not recently molted and so has a hard shell • Hypernyms: ↑crab * * * noun also hard shelled crab : a crab that has not recently shed its shell and hence has the shell rigid used chiefly of edible crabs (as the blue crab) …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard-shell crab — noun Date: 1902 a crab that has not recently shed its shell called also hard shelled crab …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • soft-shelled crab — noun 1. freshly molted crab with new shell still tender and flexible • Syn: ↑soft shell crab • Hypernyms: ↑crab, ↑crabmeat 2. edible crab that has recently molted and not yet formed its new shell • Syn: ↑soft shell crab …   Useful english dictionary

  • -shelled — shelled, combining form. having a shell: »A hard shelled crab = a crab having a hard shell …   Useful english dictionary

  • -shelled — [sheld] combining form having a (specified kind of) shell [hard shelled crab] * * * …   Universalium

  • -shelled — [sheld] combining form having a (specified kind of) shell [hard shelled crab] …   English World dictionary

  • hard crab — Any crab that has not recently molted and is very hard, due to compounds of calcium and other minerals in the shell. (Syn. hard shelled crab) [Bliss, 1982] …   Crustacea glossary

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