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shore crab

  1. 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.
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Origin of shore crab

First recorded in 1840–50
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Historical Examples of shore crab

  • Carsinus mnas, the Shore-crab, a very common species on the Norfolk coast is here intended.

    Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk

    Thomas Browne

  • In this weed-fringed tide-pool there is a fine specimen of the Shore-crab (Carcinus mœnas).


    Philip Henry Gosse

  • To a shore-crab that comes within its reach the slightest contact with one of those lithe arms is fatal.