soft-shell crab

  1. a crab, especially the blue crab, that has recently molted and therefore has a soft, edible shell.

Origin of soft-shell crab

First recorded in 1835–45

Words Nearby soft-shell crab Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use soft-shell crab in a sentence

  • The soft shell crab is caught just as the old shell is shed, and is highly esteemed as a delicacy.

  • One-third New York cheese, one-third dessicated soft-shell crab, one-sixth green peppers chopped very fine.

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  • When he drew near they found a soft-shell crab clinging fast to the stiff hair of the zebra's head, where it held on by one claw.

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  • A dainty succulent soft shell crab, nicely cooked and well browned, tempts the eye of the epicure and makes his mouth water.

British Dictionary definitions for soft-shell crab

soft-shell crab

  1. a crab, esp of the edible species Cancer pagurus, that has recently moulted and has not yet formed its new shell: Compare hard-shell crab

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