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pea crab

  1. any of several tiny crabs of the family Pinnotheridae, the female of which lives as a commensal in the shells of bivalve mollusks.
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Origin of pea crab

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples of pea crab

  • Inquiline, in′kwi-lin, adj. living in the abode of another, as a pea-crab in an oyster-shell.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • When the pea-crab discovers a supply of food he brings it to his friend, the Pinna, to be divided equally.

    Digby Heathcote

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for pea crab

pea crab

  1. any of various globular soft-bodied crabs of the genus Pinnotheres and related genera that live commensally in the mantles of certain bivalves
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