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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.
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(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
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a crab, esp. the blue crab, that has recently molted and therefore has a soft, edible shell.
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|Noun||1.||soft-shell crab - freshly molted crab with new shell still tender and flexible|
|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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