Pronunciation: krăb
n.1.(Zool.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad, short body, covered with a strong shell or carapace. The abdomen is small and curled up beneath the body.
2.The zodiacal constellation Cancer.
3.(Bot.) A crab apple; - so named from its harsh taste.
4.A cudgel made of the wood of the crab tree; a crabstick.
5.(Mech.) A movable winch or windlass with powerful gearing, used with derricks, etc.
Calling crab
(Zool.) See Fiddler., n., 2.
Crab apple
a small, sour apple, of several kinds; also, the tree which bears it; as, the European crab apple (Pyrus Malus var. sylvestris); the Siberian crab apple (Pyrus baccata); and the American (Pyrus coronaria).
Crab grass
a - (Bot.) A grass (Digitaria sanguinalis syn. Panicum sanguinalis); - called also finger grass.
b - A grass of the genus Eleusine (Eleusine Indica); - called also dog's-tail grass, wire grass, etc.
Crab louse
(Zool.) a species of louse (Phthirius pubis), sometimes infesting the human body.
Crab plover
(Zool.) an Asiatic plover (Dromas ardeola).
Crab's eyes
masses of calcareous matter found, at certain seasons of the year, on either side of the stomach of the European crawfishes, and formerly used in medicine for absorbent and antacid purposes; the gastroliths.
Crab spider
(Zool.) one of a group of spiders (Laterigradæ); - called because they can run backwards or sideways like a crab.
Crab tree
the tree that bears crab applies.
Crab wood
a light cabinet wood obtained in Guiana, which takes a high polish.
To catch a crab
(Naut.) a phrase used of a rower
- McElrath.
a - when he fails to raise his oar clear of the water
b - when he misses the water altogether in making a stroke.
v. t.1.To make sour or morose; to embitter.
2.To beat with a crabstick.
v. i.1.(Naut.) To drift sidewise or to leeward, as a vessel.
a.1.Sour; rough; austere.
The crab vintage of the neighb'ring coast.
- Dryden.
Noun1.crab - decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
2.crab - a quarrelsome grouch
Synonyms: crabby person
3.Crab - (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
Synonyms: Cancer
4.Crab - the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
5.crab - the edible flesh of any of various crabs
Synonyms: crabmeat
6.Crabcrab - infests the pubic region of the human body
7.crab - a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply; "he caught a crab and lost the race"
Verb1.crab - direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
2.crab - scurry sideways like a crab
3.crab - fish for crab
4.crab - complain; "What was he hollering about?"
To see a crab in your dream, signifies you perseverance and tenacity. On an extreme note, you maybe be too clingy and dependant and hanging on to a hopeless endeavour. Crabs are also symbolic of your irritable personality, as in the pun, being "crabby".Chinese windlass, Dungeness crab, Japanese crab, Spanish windlass, air a grievance, bank, beef, bellyache, bellyacher, bitch, bleat, blue point, bollix, capstan, cat flea, chigoe, clam, clamor, cockroach, complain, complainant, complainer, coquillage, cramp, crane, crank, crawdad, crawfish, crayfish, crib, crimp, croak, croaker, crosspatch, derrick, dip, dog flea, erector, faultfinder, feather, fishtail, flea, forklift, foul up, fret, fret and fume, frondeur, fuss, gantry crane, grayback, gripe, griper, groan, grouch, grouse, grouser, growl, growler, grumble, grumbler, grunt, gum, gum up, hoist, holler, howl, hydraulic tailgate, jack, jackscrew, jigger, kick, kicker, kvetch, langouste, lever, lift, lifter, limpet, littleneck clam, lobster, lodge a complaint, loop, louse, louse up, malcontent, mite, murmur, murmurer, mussel, mutter, mutterer, nit, oyster, parasite, periwinkle, plow, porpoise, prawn, pull out, pull up, push down, quahog, queer, querulous person, raise a howl, reactionary, reactionist, rebel, red bug, reel, register a complaint, roach, roll, sand flea, scallop, shellfish, shrimp, sideslip, skid, snafu, snail, soft-shell crab, sorehead, spin, spiral, squawk, steamer, stunt, tackle, take on, undulate, vermin, weevil, whelk, whiner, winch, windlass, yammer, yap, yaw, yawp, yelp
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