- any of several crabs, especially of the family Gecarcinidae, that live chiefly upon land, returning to the sea to breed.
Origin of land crab
First recorded in 1630–40
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Examples from the Web for land crab
In a small way, your land-crab is a most indefatigable resurrectionist.Rattlin the Reefer
He jumped perceptibly when a land-crab rattled an old meat-tin on the stones.The Exiles of Faloo
They are said to be formed by a species of land-crab, for their residence.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2
Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
I was never able to ascertain the age a land-crab could attain.Lost in the Jungle
Paul Du Chaillu
They also brought off a specimen of a land-crab, which did not seem at all at home on our deck.The Cruise of the 'Alerte'
E. F. Knight
- any of various crabs, esp of the tropical family Gecarcinidae, that are adapted to a partly terrestrial life
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