blue crab
noun Date: 1883 a large bluish-green edible crab (Callinectes sapidus) of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts

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  • Blue crab — Blue Blue (bl[=u]), a. [Compar. {Bluer} (bl[=u] [ e]r); superl. {Bluest}.] [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black, fr. Icel.bl[=a]r livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl[*a], D. blauw, OHG. bl[=a]o, G. blau; but influenced in form by F. bleu,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blue crab — blue′ crab′ n. ivt an edible crab, Callinectes sapidus, of the North American Atlantic coast, having a green shell and blue legs • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • blue crab — ☆ blue crab n. any of a genus (Callinectes) of crabs, esp. a blue legged, edible swimming species ( C. sapidus) of the Atlantic coast of North America: see CRAB1 …   English World dictionary

  • Blue crab — Taxobox | name = Blue crab image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Malacostraca ordo = Decapoda subordo = Pleocyemata infraordo = Brachyura familia = Portunidae genus = Callinectes species = C.… …   Wikipedia

  • blue crab — noun 1. Atlantic crab; most common source of fresh crabmeat • Hypernyms: ↑crab, ↑crabmeat • Part Holonyms: ↑Callinectes sapidus 2. bluish edible crab of Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of North America • Syn: ↑Callinectes sapidus …   Useful english dictionary

  • blue crab — an edible crab, Callinectes sapidus, having a dark green body and bluish legs, found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America. [1880 85, Amer.] * * * Any member of a genus (Callinectes) of decapods, particularly C. sapidus and C.… …   Universalium

  • Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award — The Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award is a literature award created to recognize high quality books for beginning and transitional readers in kindergarten through fourth grade. It is granted annually by the Maryland Library Association… …   Wikipedia

  • Crab meat — or Crabmeat is the meat found within a crab. It is used in many cuisines across the world, prized for its soft, delicate taste. Brown crab (Cancer pagurus), blue crabs (Callinectus sapidus), blue swimming crabs (Portunus pelagicus), red swimming… …   Wikipedia

  • Crab — (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad, short… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crab apple — Crab Crab (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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