soft-shell crab


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. soft-pedal,
  2. soft-rock geology,
  3. soft-sell,
  4. soft-shell,
  5. soft-shell clam,
  6. soft-shelled,
  7. soft-shelled turtle,
  8. soft-shoe,
  9. soft-soap,
  10. soft-soaper

Origin of soft-shell crab

First recorded in 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for soft-shell crab

soft-shell crab

noun

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