Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stick made of crab apple wood.
  • n. A crabby, ill-tempered person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cudgel, originally made of crab-tree wood, hence any similar club.
  • n. A crabby, ill-tempered person.
  • n. A processed food, made of surimi shaped to resemble the legs of a crab.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stick, cane, or cudgel, made of the wood of the crab tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A walking-stick or club made of the wood of the crab-tree; hence, such a stick of any wood.

Etymologies

crab +‎ stick (crab being the tree species) (Wiktionary)
crab +‎ stick (crab being the sea creature) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The leek isn't particularly Japanese, but does fit vegan and crabstick sushi really well!

    The were rabbits like to play with their food. « Were rabbits

  • Kimbap style rolls with avocado instead of spinach and average joe crabstick, avocado, leek [...]

    March « 2007 « Were rabbits

  • Kimbap style rolls with avocado instead of spinach and average joe crabstick, avocado, leek and mayo rolls.

    Backdated Bento #62 – Sunday is for Sushi « Were rabbits

  • Before him on the table stood a jug of ale, between which and him lay a large crabstick.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • The fellow looked sheepish, and turning away proceeded to take liberties with other people less dangerous to meddle with than old crabstick.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • With his nightcap drawn over his wig, a short grey coat half covering a torn cassock, the crabstick so formidable to ruffians in his hand, and his beloved AEschylus in his pocket, Adams smoking his pipe by the inn fire, or surrounded by his

    Henry Fielding: a Memoir

  • He met one old man with a crabstick who told him his Welsh was almost as bad as his English, and a drover who had the advantage of him in decided opinions and a sense of superiority, and put him down as a pig-jobber; but these are exceptions.

    George Borrow The Man and His Books

  • Whether he is smoking his black and consolatory pipe in the gallery of the inn, or losing his way while he meditates a passage of Greek, or groaning over the fatuities of the man - of-fashion in Leonora's story, or brandishing his famous crabstick in defence of Fanny, he is always the same delightful mixture of benevolence and simplicity, of pedantry and credulity and ignorance of the world.

    Fielding

  • Cottage; with a strong crabstick in his hand, a strong heart in his body: his Princedom is now reduced to _that_ Egalité the father sat playing whist, in his Palais Egalité, at Paris, on the sixth day of this same month of April, when a catchpole entered.

    Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century Great Deeds of Men and Nations and the Progress of the World

  • Our colonel, the most cross-grained old crabstick that ever breathed, happened himself to be taken in when young, and resolving, like the fox who lost his tail and said it was not the fashion to wear one, to pretend he did the thing for fun, determined to make every fellow marry upon the slightest provocation.

    Charles O'Malley — Volume 1

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