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horseshoe crab

  1. a large marine arthropod, Limulus polyphemus, of shallow coastal waters of eastern North America and eastern Asia, having both compound and simple eyes, book gills, a stiff tail, and a brown carapace curved like a horseshoe: a living fossil related to the woodlouse.
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Origin of horseshoe crab

First recorded in 1765–75
Also called king crab.
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Historical Examples of horseshoe crab

  • But the king- or horseshoe-crab has still no true jaws, but uses the upper joints of its legs for chewing.

    The Whence and the Whither of Man

    John Mason Tyler

British Dictionary definitions for horseshoe crab

horseshoe crab

  1. any marine chelicerate arthropod of the genus Limulus, of North America and Asia, having a rounded heavily armoured body with a long pointed tail: class MerostomataAlso called: king crab
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