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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

king′ crab′(n.)

  1. Category: Invertebrates

    Ref: horseshoe crab.

  2. a large, edible spider crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of N Pacific waters.

    Category: Invertebrates

Origin of king crab:

1690–1700

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Alaska king crab, Alaskan king crab, king crab, Alaska crab(noun)

    meat of large cold-water crab; mainly leg meat

  2. European spider crab, king crab, Maja squinado(noun)

    a large spider crab of Europe

  3. king crab, Alaska crab, Alaskan king crab, Alaska king crab, Paralithodes camtschatica(noun)

    large edible crab of northern Pacific waters especially along the coasts of Alaska and Japan

  4. horseshoe crab, king crab, Limulus polyphemus, Xiphosurus polyphemus(noun)

    large marine arthropod of the Atlantic coast of North America having a domed carapace that is shaped like a horseshoe and a stiff pointed tail; a living fossil related to the wood louse

Wiktionary

  1. king crab(Noun)

    a highly prized crab-like crustacean

  2. king crab(Noun)

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Freebase

  1. King crab

    King crabs, also called stone crabs, are a superfamily of crab-like decapod crustaceans chiefly found in cold seas. Because of their large size and the taste of their meat, many species are widely caught and sold as food, the most common being the red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus. King crabs are generally thought to be derived from hermit crab-like ancestors, which may explain the asymmetry still found in the adult forms. Although some doubt still exists about this theory, king crabs are the most widely quoted example of carcinisation among the Decapoda. The evidence for this explanation comes from the asymmetry of the king crab's abdomen, which is thought to reflect the asymmetry of hermit crabs, which must fit into a spiral shell. Although formerly classified among the hermit crabs in the superfamily Paguroidea, king crabs are now placed in a separate superfamily, Lithodoidea.

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