Origin of hermit crab
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Where does the word hermit crab come from?
It seems there comes a time in most every family’s life when you come home with a hermit crab, admittedly one of the least demanding pets you can have.
The term hermit crab dates back to at least 1725–35. Hermit refers to the method that the crab protects itself in which it uses castoff shells. Generally speaking , a hermit is a recluse. In zoology, a hermit can refer to any animal with solitary habits.
As for the word hermit itself? It ultimately comes from a Greek word meaning “living in a desert,” based on the language’s noun for “desert, desolation, solitude.” The word originally referred to religious people who lived solitary lives—like off alone in the desert—in the English language.
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There are over 800 species of hermit crabs, and almost all of them live their whole lives in the ocean. Despite their name, hermit crabs are more closely related to species of lobsters than true crabs. Unlike true crabs, hermit crabs don’t have a hard exoskeleton that covers their whole body and have an exposed soft tail. Because they are unable to grow a shell of their own, hermit crabs find a discarded shell of another creature to protect their vulnerable tails.
Despite their name, hermit crabs often live in large social groups, and after finding a new shell, will sometimes “gift” their old one to another hermit crab. Naming these crabs after hermits, then, is quite the misnomer.
How to use hermit crab in a sentence
Yet the influence is everywhere, evident in the clamoring hermit crabs at the shoreline, the robust oyster beds that climb upward on the riverbanks, and the petite raccoons that scale trees at dusk in search of their next meal.How South Carolina’s Kiawah Island strikes a balance between tourism and conservation|Hannah Selinger|October 8, 2021|Washington Post
A hermit crab darted out from beneath a small stone and hid near a dark purple sea urchin.
For example, a hermit crab has a distinctly crab-like appearance but is not technically a real crab.On Earth, things evolve into crabs—could the same be true in space?|Doug Johnson|July 29, 2021|Ars Technica
This includes everything from hermit crabs and worms to sponges and sea cucumbers.Common parasite may help mussels survive heat waves|Sid Perkins|June 16, 2021|Science News For Students
Taxonomically speaking, it’s one of more than 800 species of hermit crab, all of which are born with naturally vulnerable, noncalcified bodies.
The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever.
How ironic that the Hermit Kingdom is taking the blame for our first real look inside a clique that not even Vice dares penetrate.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Someone called him a hermit crab lurking in the halls of the United Nations.
The Hermit Kingdom has opened its embassy doors for an exhibit highlighting the work of six artists from its state-run studio.
Considering the grand tradition of un-predictability in the Hermit Kingdom, there are countless other possibilities.Gout or Out: North Korea’s No-Show Leader Keeps ‘Em Guessing|Kevin Bleyer|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Leo stood in front of the Crab, and the half darkness allowed him a glimpse of that vast blue-black back, and the motionless eyes.
In the middle of his singing he felt the cold touch of the Crab's claw on the apple of his throat.
It was the Hermit's vast store of scientific knowledge that brought the half-dead cop back to health.
“Follow me, Mr Larks,” he said, turning and descending the ladder sailor-fashion—which means crab-wise.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
He flattened out the slip of paper and placed it on the table in front of the Hermit.