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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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Predator: Ruthless, but somewhat on the shy side (hence the camouflage and cloaking), probably because humans tend to make disparaging comments about its crablike face.
In the crablike fashion of the book's title, Grass--as Paul--closes in on his literary prey, steps back, lunges forward again, before finally attacking it, head on, in a few pages of cool, documentary reportage.
When he really had the crowd frothing, he turned to the vets, pumping his crablike arms, and quacked: "Stand up, boys--TAKE A BOW
Here are a few of the more resonant close-ups: a man and his beloved, in silhouette--he nobly stooping, she tenderly supplicating--coming together for a kiss; a half-drowned sailor washed ashore, his weak fingers stirring crablike in the sand; a man and his beloved, separated by force, their joined hands cruelly wrenched asunder, fingertips dragging (the last time I saw this hoary device was in Adam Sandler's Big Daddy).
Now, molecular biologists have confirmed these suspicions by examining the DNA from different crustacean families within the order Decapoda, which contains all the crablike species.
Other engagingly colorful characters include Mike's slinky, snake-haired receptionist girlfriend Celia (Jennifer Tilly), the crotchety office overseer Roz (Bob Peterson) and the old-school, crablike big boss Waternoose (James Coburn).
On a few occasions, the animals were also observed attempting to use the crista dentata on the ischium of Mxp3 endopods in a crablike manner.
He speaks of food in rhapsodic movement metaphors while progressing across the kitchen stage in large, broken, crablike phrases while supporting himself on tabletops and chairs.
Fossorial or burrowing scorpions have large, strong, crablike claws with great crushing power and spend almost all their life in their burrow, moving actively from the entrance to catch their food.
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He who has scuttled, crablike, to the right on Europe and is now tough enough not to frighten the Eurosceptic wing when a new leader is eventually chosen.