fiddler crab


any small, burrowing crab of the genus Uca, characterized by one greatly enlarged claw in the male.

Nearby words

  1. fiddleback,
  2. fiddleback spider,
  3. fiddlehead,
  4. fiddler,
  5. fiddler beetle,
  6. fiddlerfish,
  7. fiddlestick,
  8. fiddlesticks,
  9. fiddlewood,
  10. fiddling

Origin of fiddler crab

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for fiddler crab

fiddler crab


any of various burrowing crabs of the genus Uca of American coastal regions, the males of which have one of their anterior pincer-like claws very much enlarged

Word Origin for fiddler crab

C19: referring to the rapid fiddling movement of the enlarged anterior claw of the males, used to attract females

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