- any of numerous crabs, especially of the genera Pagurus and Eupagurus, that protect their soft uncovered abdomen by occupying the castoff shell of a univalve mollusk.
Origin of hermit crab
Examples from the Web for hermit crab
Historical Examples of hermit crab
On the coast also the Raven seeks to obtain possession of the Hermit-crab.The Industries of Animals
It is plain from its anatomy that the Hermit-crab was not always a Hermit-crab.
But the Hermit-crab, be it remembered, is in no real sense a parasite.
A tribe of Decapod Crustacea, of which the Hermit-crab is the type.The Ancient Life History of the Earth
Henry Alleyne Nicholson
We soon discovered crab-claws projecting from its shell, and recognized it as a hermit-crab, an original freebooter.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
- any small soft-bodied decapod crustacean of the genus Pagurus and related genera, living in and carrying about the empty shells of whelks or similar molluscs