oyster crab

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

Origin of oyster crab

First recorded in 1750–60

Words Nearby oyster crab

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How to use oyster crab in a sentence

  • The oyster-crab is a true messmate, and its presence in the oyster may be advantageous in helping to provide food for its host.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold

British Dictionary definitions for oyster crab

oyster crab

  1. 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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