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land crab

  1. any of several crabs, especially of the family Gecarcinidae, that live chiefly upon land, returning to the sea to breed.
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Origin of land crab

First recorded in 1630–40
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Historical Examples of land crab

  • In a small way, your land-crab is a most indefatigable resurrectionist.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • He jumped perceptibly when a land-crab rattled an old meat-tin on the stones.

  • They are said to be formed by a species of land-crab, for their residence.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2

    Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach

  • I was never able to ascertain the age a land-crab could attain.

    Lost in the Jungle

    Paul Du Chaillu

  • They also brought off a specimen of a land-crab, which did not seem at all at home on our deck.

British Dictionary definitions for land crab

land crab

  1. any of various crabs, esp of the tropical family Gecarcinidae, that are adapted to a partly terrestrial life
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