fiddler crab
noun Date: 1843 any of a genus (Uca) of burrowing crabs in which the male has one claw that is greatly enlarged

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  • Fiddler 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

  • fiddler 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

  • fiddler crab — ☆ fiddler crab n. a small, burrowing crab (genus Uca), the male of which has one claw much larger than the other …   English World dictionary

  • Fiddler crab — Taxobox name = fiddler crab image width = 250px image caption = Uca pugnax regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Malacostraca ordo = Decapoda infraordo = Brachyura familia = Ocypodidae genus = Uca genus authority …   Wikipedia

  • fiddler crab — any small, burrowing crab of the genus Uca, characterized by one greatly enlarged claw in the male. [1700 10, Amer.] * * * Any of about 65 species of decapods (genus Uca) whose males hold one claw, always much larger than the other, somewhat like …   Universalium

  • fiddler crab — fid′dler crab n. ivt any small burrowing crab of the genus Uca, characterized by one greatly enlarged claw in the male • Etymology: 1700–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • fiddler crab — noun burrowing crab of American coastal regions having one claw much enlarged in the male • Hypernyms: ↑crab • Member Holonyms: ↑Uca, ↑genus Uca …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddler crab — noun a genus of crab in which the male has one hugely enlarged claw (genus Uca) …   Wiktionary

  • fiddler crab — noun a small amphibious crab, the males of which have one greatly enlarged claw. [Genus Uca.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • fiddler crab — /ˈfɪdlə kræb/ (say fidluh krab) noun any small Indo Pacific burrowing crab of the genus Uca, the male of which has one greatly enlarged claw …   Australian English dictionary

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