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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRABS

Put the mixture into the back shells of the crabs, and serve it up.

These crabs must be cooked directly, as they will not keep till next day.

Put some lard into a pan, and when it is boiling hot, fry the crabs in it.

Admission to the great peace-loving Combine, may the crabs devour them.

And, of course, we are familiar 110with the crustaceans, the lobsters and the crabs.

He was in a hurry to go home, now that he had eaten all the crabs he wanted.

“That bait was eaten off by crabs,” I said to Sam, as I put on another.

If your crabs will not eat bits of clam, try them with tiny mouthfuls of fish.

One of these crabs furnished a sufficient meal for four men.

But with the insects, and their relatives, the crabs and lobsters, this is otherwise.

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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