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land crab

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The laugh of a land crab—if the beast could laugh—would doubtless resemble Captain Wigmore's expression of mirth.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • Till now a "land crab," the land at last threw him overboard.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Though a land crab the Cocoa-Nut cousin is fond of the sea, and takes a bath in it every night.

    How Sammy Went to Coral-Land Emily Paret Atwater
  • The land crab may be seen scuttling to his hole, and at night the rats besiege the houses and the artificial gardens.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • There was nothing peculiar about him, and if it hadn't been for the land crab's story I'd never have given him a second thought.

    Men, Women and Guns H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  • Its rotund form and subequal chelae suggest the land crab, Geocarcinus, but exact determination is of course impossible.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • A crawfish or "land crab" will serve as a typical medium for describing the method of preparing specimens of this nature.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • The same god was also supposed to be incarnate in the octopus, and also in the land crab.

British Dictionary definitions for land crab

land crab

any of various crabs, esp of the tropical family Gecarcinidae, that are adapted to a partly terrestrial life
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