- Also soft-shelled. having a soft, flexible, or fragile shell, as a crab that has recently molted.
- a soft-shell animal, especially a soft-shell crab.
Origin of soft-shell
First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for soft-shell
Pine nuts, bacon, soft-shell crab—these are the flavors of caterpillars, beetles, and tarantulas, if you can believe it.
With their meatier body, tarantulas are said to taste like to soft-shell crab or shrimp.
He comes at me wide open, with a guard like a soft-shell crab.Shorty McCabe
"He is recommending some soft-shell crabs," said the clever man.An International Episode
There is a weir in the river, in the deep waters of which it is said there are a very great number of soft-shell tortoises.
We have tried many varieties of the soft-shell without success.The Nut Culturist
Andrew S. Fuller
It is partial to the “soft-shell” crabs and small tortoises common in the American waters.The Hunters' Feast