king crab

2. Also called Alaskan king crab, Alaska crab. a large, edible crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of cold North Pacific waters, esp. abundant along the coasts of Alaska and Japan.
[1690-1700]

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or Alaskan king crab or Japanese crab

Marine decapod (Paralithodes camtschatica), an edible crab.

It is found in the shallow waters off Japan and along the Alaska coast; it also inhabits the Bering Sea. One of the largest crabs, it often weighs 10 lbs (4.5 kg) or more. Its size and tasty flesh make it a valued food, and large numbers are fished commercially each year.

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also called  Alaskan king crab, or Japanese crab 

      (Paralithodes camtschaticus), marine crustacean of the order Decapoda, class Malacostraca. This edible crab is found in the shallow waters off Japan, along the coast of Alaska, and in the Bering Sea. The king crab is one of the largest crabs, weighing 5 kg (11 pounds) or more. Its size and tasty flesh make it a valued food, and large numbers are commercially fished each year.

      The name king crab is also used for members of the arthropod order Xiphosura, which is commonly called horseshoe crab (q.v.).

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • King crab — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — king′ crab′ n. 1) ivt horseshoe crab 2) ivt a large, edible spider crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of N Pacific waters • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang

  • king crab — ☆ king crab n. 1. a very large, edible spider crab (Paralithodes camtschatica) of the N Pacific 2. HORSESHOE CRAB …   English World dictionary

  • King crab — Taxobox name = King crabs image width = 220px image caption = Paralithodes californiensis regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Malacostraca ordo = Decapoda infraordo = Anomura superfamilia = Paguroidea familia =… …   Wikipedia

  • king crab — noun 1. meat of large cold water crab; mainly leg meat • Syn: ↑Alaska king crab, ↑Alaskan king crab, ↑Alaska crab • Hypernyms: ↑crab, ↑crabmeat • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • king crab — Horse Horse (h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. & OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to run, E. course, current Cf. {Walrus}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus {Equus}; especially, the domestic horse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — Limulus Lim u*lus (l[i^]m [ u]*l[u^]s), n.; pl. {Limuli} ( l[imac]). [L., dim. of limus sidelong, askance.] (Zo[ o]l.) The only existing genus of Merostomata. It includes only a few species from the East Indies, and one ({Limulus polyphemus})… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — /ˈkɪŋ kræb/ (say king krab) noun 1. a large deep sea crab, Pseudocarcinus gigas, found in depths to 600 metres off southern Australia. 2. → horseshoe crab. 3. a large crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, widely distributed in coastal waters of the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • king crab — noun a) a highly prized crab like crustacean b) a king and a three as a starting hand in Texas hold ’em Syn: stone crab …   Wiktionary

  • king crab — noun 1》 another term for horseshoe crab. 2》 N. Amer. an edible crab of the North Pacific, resembling a spider crab. [Genus Paralithodes.] …   English new terms dictionary

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