king crab
noun Date: 1698 1. horseshoe crab 2. any of several very large crabs; especially one (Paralithoides camtschaticus) of the North Pacific caught commercially for food

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  • King crab — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — king′ crab′ n. 1) ivt horseshoe crab 2) ivt a large, edible spider crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of N Pacific waters • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang

  • king crab — ☆ king crab n. 1. a very large, edible spider crab (Paralithodes camtschatica) of the N Pacific 2. HORSESHOE CRAB …   English World dictionary

  • King crab — Taxobox name = King crabs image width = 220px image caption = Paralithodes californiensis regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Malacostraca ordo = Decapoda infraordo = Anomura superfamilia = Paguroidea familia =… …   Wikipedia

  • king crab — noun 1. meat of large cold water crab; mainly leg meat • Syn: ↑Alaska king crab, ↑Alaskan king crab, ↑Alaska crab • Hypernyms: ↑crab, ↑crabmeat • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • king crab — 1. See horseshoe crab. 2. Also called Alaskan king crab, Alaska crab. a large, edible crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of cold North Pacific waters, esp. abundant along the coasts of Alaska and Japan. [1690 1700] * * * or Alaskan king crab or… …   Universalium

  • king crab — Horse Horse (h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. & OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to run, E. course, current Cf. {Walrus}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus {Equus}; especially, the domestic horse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — Limulus Lim u*lus (l[i^]m [ u]*l[u^]s), n.; pl. {Limuli} ( l[imac]). [L., dim. of limus sidelong, askance.] (Zo[ o]l.) The only existing genus of Merostomata. It includes only a few species from the East Indies, and one ({Limulus polyphemus})… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — /ˈkɪŋ kræb/ (say king krab) noun 1. a large deep sea crab, Pseudocarcinus gigas, found in depths to 600 metres off southern Australia. 2. → horseshoe crab. 3. a large crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, widely distributed in coastal waters of the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • king crab — noun a) a highly prized crab like crustacean b) a king and a three as a starting hand in Texas hold ’em Syn: stone crab …   Wiktionary

  • king crab — noun 1》 another term for horseshoe crab. 2》 N. Amer. an edible crab of the North Pacific, resembling a spider crab. [Genus Paralithodes.] …   English new terms dictionary

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