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1. Any of three species of large crab, the red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), the blue king crab (P. platypus), and the golden king crab (Lithodes aequispinus), native to the North Pacific from the Gulf of Alaska to the Sea of Japan and valued commercially for their edible flesh. Also called Alaskan king crab.
2. See horseshoe crab.
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(Animals) another name for the horseshoe crab
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2. a large, edible spider crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of N Pacific waters.
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|Noun||1.||king crab - meat of large cold-water crab; mainly leg meat|
Paralithodes camtschatica, Alaska crab, Alaska king crab, Alaskan king crab, king crab - large edible crab of northern Pacific waters especially along the coasts of Alaska and Japan
|2.||king crab - a large spider crab of Europe |
spider crab - any of numerous crabs with very long legs and small triangular bodies
|3.||king crab - large edible crab of northern Pacific waters especially along the coasts of Alaska and Japan|
crab - decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
|4.||king crab - large marine arthropod of the Atlantic coast of North America having a domed carapace that is shaped like a horseshoe and a stiff pointed tail; a living fossil related to the wood louse|
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
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