Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A marine crab; any salt-water crab, as distinguished from a river-crab or land-crab.

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Examples

  • It is related of an old chief in Savaii, that one night at the evening meal he ordered a sea-crab to be reserved for his breakfast.

    Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before

  • I am no Heracles; and even Heracles could not fight against the Hydra, who was a she-Sophist, and had the wit to shoot up many new heads when one of them was cut off; especially when he saw a second monster of a sea-crab, who was also a Sophist, and appeared to have newly arrived from a sea-voyage, bearing down upon him from the left, opening his mouth and biting.

    The EUTHYDEMUS

  • It is engraved upon the shell of a sea-crab; and it might happen, notwithstanding what Seneca says, that this famous epicure, after having sought for larger shell-fish than the coast of Gallia could supply him with, and then going in vain to Africa to make a farther inquiry, might hear some rumour concerning this coast, steer his course thither, and there die of a surfeit.

    Ideal Commonwealths

  • “You see not that in me,” said the Varangian; “the rigour of military discipline, the camp — the centurion — the armour — frame a man’s sentiments and limbs to them, as the sea-crab is framed to its shell.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • a second monster of a sea-crab, who was also a Sophist, and appeared to have newly arrived from a sea-voyage, bearing down upon him from the left, opening his mouth and biting.

    Euthydemus

  • "You see not that in me," said the Varangian; "the rigour of military discipline, the camp -- the centurion -- the armour -- frame a man's sentiments and limbs to them, as the sea-crab is framed to its shell.

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

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