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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRAB

He covered the crab with its shell and taught it how to creep.

Whose fault is it that I got the good colt and you got the crab?

Half an hour before serving, clear a lobster or crab from the shell, and put it into the stew, adding a little salt and cayenne.

Anybody but Esther Tidditt, that is; she's down on him like a sheet anchor on a crab.

And amongst all animals, you will tell us that the crab has loveliest eyes?

At this crab's march we shall be some time getting "back to the land."

"Very un-American," remarked the singer, as he ate his crab bisque.

Then the whole party congratulated the crab on their victory.

"The fellow has got a letter, Sir; he has stuck it in his hatband," said Mr. Crab.

Then I saw him wriggle out of danger, backing away like a crab.

WORD ORIGIN

crustacean, Old English crabba, from a general Germanic root (cf. Dutch krab, Old High German krebiz, German Krabbe, Old Norse krabbi "crab"), related to Low German krabben, Dutch krabelen "to scratch, claw," from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch, carve" (see carve). The constellation name is attested in English from c.1000; the Crab Nebula (1868), however, is in Taurus, and is so called for its shape. French crabe (13c.) is from Dutch.

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