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crab

(krab),
1. A crustacean, many varieties of which are edible.
2. An insect, the crab louse, Pthirus pubis.

crab

(krăb)
n.
1.
a. Any of various chiefly marine decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, having a hard carapace that covers a broad flattened cephalothorax with a small abdomen tucked beneath it, and an anterior pair of legs that are large and pincerlike.
b. Any of various similar decapod crustaceans, such as a hermit crab or a king crab.
c. Crabmeat.
2.
a. A crab louse.
b. crabs Slang Infestation by crab lice.

crab′ber n.

crab

a decapod CRUSTACEAN (suborder Brachyura) characterized by a large flattened, laterally expanded carapace below which the abdomen is curled forward.
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However, he adds, crabs live in habitats ranging from terrestrial environments to ocean trenches, thus the universal benefit of a crablike shape remains an enigma.
Mostly though, the boys in the neighborhood would just hike up the canyons a ways, where the rancheros had bored the watermines, or we'd scuttle crablike along the hot flanks of the steep, chaparral-covered lower slopes of the mountains, winding through thickets of yucca and manzanita whose sinewy red branches we called ironwood.
Podding" behavior has been reported for many species of crabs and crablike anomura (Comeau et al.
Bevan's well-paced half-century had just been ended by a crablike defensive prod at left-arm spinner Ian Blackwell, which deflected the ball into the stumps, when without addition to the score, Martyn was floored at point.
Thinking of three decades of chiding from hiking pals who goaded me for not signing the registry atop the South Sister - "at least we went to the top" - I stretched, crablike, across a platform to the base of the ladder.
The '50s equivalent of a computer nerd with a crablike walk and a too-chattery manner, Stempel has a fragile wife, ludicrous show-biz aspirations and a chip on his shoulder the size of Milwaukee.
Imagine a crablike critter struggling to evolve about 500 million years ago.
Schumacher - guilty of yet another ugly, crablike start which cost him any chance of catching Hakkinen and almost caused a major pile-up as he slewed across the traffic flow - had no tactical aces up his sleeve this time.
Resembles a little white sea sponge, solid in the center with "teeth" on the surface; cultivated; sweet crablike flavor when roasted or sauteed until crisp; expensive (about $16 per pound); good with seafood.
But it's really not out-and-out speed which makes the GTI so enjoyable, more the way in which it handles and tenaciously refuses to lose the plot on surfaces which might send other not-so-sure-footed hatches into a crablike scuttle.