soft-shell crab


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soft-shell crab

n.
A marine crab before its shell has hardened after molting, especially a blue crab in this stage. Soft-shell crabs can be cooked and eaten whole.

soft-shell crab

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

soft′-shell` crab′


n.
a crab, esp. the blue crab, that has recently molted and therefore has a soft, edible shell.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soft-shell crab - freshly molted crab with new shell still tender and flexiblesoft-shell crab - freshly molted crab with new shell still tender and flexible
crabmeat, crab - the edible flesh of any of various crabs
2.soft-shell crab - edible crab that has recently molted and not yet formed its new 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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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.
The crispy soft-shell crab, meanwhile, is dipped in rich yellow, egg-like curry.
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My soft-shell crab paella was cold when I got it; the batter on the crab had gone limp and the paella had congealed.
Soft-shell crab at Purple Poppadom, 185a Cowbridge Road East.
The support for soft-shell crab production should help raise the country's revenue from crab in general amid declining figures in many years.
Opened in June in the former home of longtime character actor Slim Summerville, Driftwood Kitchen has coastal-inspired dishes like buttermilk fried soft-shell crab.
Then a mix of hot and cold mezze: soft-shell crab in saj bread with harrisa chilli sauce (I would have liked a punchier sauce here); salty crumbled shanklish cheese with heirloom tomatoes and pressed red and yellow watermelon.
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