purple shore crab


See under shore crab.

Nearby words

  1. purple passion,
  2. purple patch,
  3. purple prose,
  4. purple sage,
  5. purple sandpiper,
  6. purple trillium,
  7. purple-fringed orchid,
  8. purpleheart,
  9. purplish,
  10. purport

Origin of purple shore crab

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

shore crab


any of numerous crabs that live along the shoreline between the tidemarks, as Hemigrapsus nudus (purple shore crab), of the Pacific coast of North America.

Origin of shore crab

First recorded in 1840–50

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