oyster crab
noun Date: 1756 a tiny crab (Pinnotheres ostreum) that lives as a commensal in the gill cavity of the oyster

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  • Oyster crab — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Oyster crab — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oyster crab — n. any of various small, thin shelled crabs (family Pinnotheridae) that live as commensals in the gill cavities of oysters, clams, etc …   English World dictionary

  • oyster crab — oys′ter crab n. ivt any small, thin shelled crab of the family Pinnotheridae: the female lives as a commensal in the gill cavity of bivalves …   From formal English to slang

  • oyster crab — noun tiny soft bodied crab living within the mantle cavity of oysters • Syn: ↑Pinnotheres ostreum • Hypernyms: ↑pea crab • Member Holonyms: ↑Pinnotheres, ↑genus Pinnotheres …   Useful english dictionary

  • oyster crab — a pea crab, Pinnotheres ostreum, the female of which lives as a commensal within the mantle cavity of oysters. [1750 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • oyster crab — /ˈɔɪstə kræb/ (say oystuh krab) noun any of several small crabs constituting the genus Pinnotheres, existing commensally in the mantle cavity of oysters …   Australian English dictionary

  • Oyster — Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Ostrea …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oyster bed — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oyster catcher — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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