hard-shell crab


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hard-shell crab

n.
A marine crab with a fully hardened shell, especially an edible crab in this stage.

hard-shell crab

n
(Animals) a crab, esp of the edible species Cancer pagurus, that has not recently moulted and therefore has a hard shell. Compare soft-shell crab

hard′-shell` crab′


n.
a crab, esp. an edible crab, that has not recently molted and has a hard shell.
[1900–05]
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Noun1.hard-shell crab - edible crab that has not recently molted and so has a hard shell
crab - decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
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We have adapted the following categories for red deepsea crab: 1) new-shell crab were relatively soft, clean, and brightly colored, had sharp dactyls, and indicated that the crab had molted (probably) within the last 1-2 months; 2) hard-shell crab had harder shells with some discoloration and scratches but were still glossy and may have molted within the last 6-12 months; 3) old-shell crab had lost their glossy, reflective sheen, had numerous dark patches, scratches, and dull dactyls, and probably had not molted for 2 or more years; 4) very-old-shell crab were much darker and discolored, indicating these crab had not molted for 4-6 years.
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