from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which catches crabs.
  • n. A name of sundry birds: in Jamaica, the small green heron, Butorides virescens; in South America, the boat-billed heron, Cancroma cochlearia. See Cancroma.


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  • Shabak is, by any standards, an old, old creature–he’s lived for more than two centuries now, and lives in a state of semi-retirement as a crab-catcher on one of the most barren, storm-battered coastlines of his world.

    Mini-interview: Sean T.M. Stiennon |

  • There are both here and there four sorts of these long-legged fowls, near akin to each other as so many sub-species of the same kind; namely crab-catchers, clocking-hens, galdens (which three are in shape and colour like herons in England, but less; the galden, the biggest of the three, the crab-catcher the smallest) and a fourth sort which are black, but shaped like the other, having long legs and short tails; these are about the bigness of crab-catchers, and feed as they do.

    A Voyage to New Holland


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