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king crab

  1. horseshoe crab.
  2. Also called Alaskan king crab, Alaska crab. a large, edible crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of cold North Pacific waters, especially abundant along the coasts of Alaska and Japan.
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Origin of king crab

First recorded in 1690–1700
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Historical Examples

  • Of all these the only member alive at the present time is Limulus, or the King-Crab.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • In the illustration is shown the egg of the king-crab one-third larger than life.

  • The Tortoise replied, "Your slave donned it forasmuch as your slave saw the King-crab trailing his three-edged pike."

  • The compound eye of the king-crab (Limulus) is the only recognized instance of ommatidia in their simplest state.

  • A name of the king-crab (Limulus polyphemus), from its supposed resemblance to that instrument.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for king crab

king crab

  1. another name for the horseshoe crab
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