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A marine crab with a fully hardened shell, especially an edible crab in this stage.
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(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
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a crab, esp. an edible crab, that has not recently molted and has a hard shell.
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|Noun||1.||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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