- a crab.
Origin of partan
1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic: crab
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Examples from the Web for partan
But the marquis found even the hen-pecked Partan a nobler and more elevating presence than any strutting platitude of Bond street.
The male of the black-clawed crab, Cancer pagurus; also of the partan or common crab.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Questioned again and again by his Mistress Partan as to what was amiss with him, he had given her odd and evasive answers.
Thereupon the Partan and Jamie Ladle jumped into a small boat and pulled out.
With these views he hired himself to the Partan, whose boat's crew was short-handed.
C15: of Celtic origin
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