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soft-shell

or soft·shell (sôft′shĕl′, sŏft′-)
adj. also soft-shelled (-shĕld′)
Having a soft, brittle, or unhardened shell, often as the result of a recent molt.
n.
A soft-shell aquatic animal.

soft′-shell`



adj.
1. Also, soft′-shelled′. having a soft, flexible, or fragile shell, as a crab that has recently molted.
n.
2. a soft-shell animal, esp. a soft-shell crab.
[1795–1805]
References in classic literature ?
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.
The soft-shell crab is correct," declared the Wizard.
So long as neither of us could prove we were right we quite enjoyed the dispute; but now I can never drink at that pool again without the soft-shell crab laughing at me.
Contract notice: framework agreement for the supply of soft-shell jackets for members of the cs cr
The lake was home to Cu Rua, or Great-Grandfather, which was the last Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle of the rafetus leloii species before it died last year.
The packages, which were bound for Taiwan, were set to be loaded on a China Airlines flight when found to be containing 123 Chinese soft-shell turtles and live eels of still undetermined number.
99) is a lightweight soft-shell top that consists of a composite poly stretch poplin shell with a brushed fleece interior.
The Enforcer looks like a stylish soft-shell jacket on the outside, but inside are 30 pockets with unique features.
A leukemia-like disease in soft-shell clams is a contagious cancer that spreads from clam to clam, a new study finds.
A pilot scale seedstock production of the delicacy soft-shell crabs in Tigbauan, Iloilo looks forward to improved Philippine crab revenue which has been depressed in many decades.
Uzma Noureen added that, "Illegal trade of body parts of soft-shell turtle species has been reported since year 2000.
It's just before the hardening (begins that soft-shell crabs are harvested, chilled, and often frozen as one of the most delicious products from the sea.