hermit crab



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.

Nearby words

  1. hermetically,
  2. hermeticism,
  3. hermetism,
  4. hermione,
  5. hermit,
  6. hermit kingdom,
  7. hermit of st. augustine,
  8. hermit thrush,
  9. hermitage,
  10. hermite

Origin of hermit crab

First recorded in 1725–35

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British Dictionary definitions for hermit crab

hermit crab


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
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