hard-shell crab
noun Date: 1902 a crab that has not recently shed its shell — called also hard-shelled crab

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hard-shell crab — hard′ shell crab′ n. ivt a crab, esp. an edible crab, that has not recently molted and has a hard shell • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 — a crab, esp. an edible crab, that has not recently molted and has a hard shell. [1900 05] * * * …   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 * * * …   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-shelled crab — noun see hard shell crab …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hard-shell — hard′ shell′ adj. Also, hard′ shelled′. 1) having a firm, hard shell, as a crab in its normal state; not having recently molted 2) rigid or uncompromising 3) zool. hard shell crab • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • hard-shell — /hahrd shel /, adj. 1. Also, hard shelled. 2. having a firm, hard shell, as a crab in its normal state; not having recently molted. 3. rigid or uncompromising. n. 4. See hard shell crab. [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

  • hard-shell — I. ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1. a. : having a hard shell b. : unyielding, confirmed, uncompromising a hard shell conservative 2 …   Useful english dictionary

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