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noun
a pea crab, Pinnotheres ostreum, the female of which lives as a commensal within the mantle cavity of oysters.
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Origin of oyster crab

First recorded in 1750–60
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oyster crab

noun
any of several small soft-bodied crabs of the genus Pinnotheres, esp P. ostreum, that live as commensals in the mantles of oysters
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