Definition of edible crab in English:

edible crab


  • A large pinkish-brown European crab with black-tipped pincers, typically found in inshore waters and caught for food.

    Cancer pagurus, family Cancridae

    • ‘The shelves and fissures which bisect these rocks are home to edible crabs, velvet swimming crabs, prawns, squat lobsters and the occasional large common lobster, which will march out boldly to meet your intrusion.’
    • ‘Other creatures you might find are velvet-backed swimming crabs, edible crabs, gobies and nudibranchs, and I once saw a cormorant chasing a school of panicking silver fish at 20m.’
    • ‘Common lobsters, edible crabs, velvet swimming crabs, shore crabs and hermit crabs were common.’
    • ‘Small squat lobsters hid their shiny red and blue costumes as best they could, while the abundant and often very large edible crabs stared back in their own stubborn way, unwilling to move for such a silly thing as a diver.’
    • ‘Its sheer walls provide homes for edible crabs and squat lobsters and at one point mussels.’
    • ‘We found ten different species of nudibranch, as well as sea spiders, edible crabs, swimming crabs and sea hares.’
    • ‘This is a high-energy site - as well as a vast variety of invertebrate life we saw shoals of fish, a huge conger eel and plenty of edible crabs.’
    • ‘Large edible crabs are everywhere, mainly females that are here to spawn.’
    • ‘The ledges at Meanish are home to some particularly large dahlia anemones, velvet and edible crabs.’
    • ‘Funny thing was, I didn't see any edible crabs - or scallops, for that matter.’
    • ‘Several large edible crabs have burrowed under the mast and others live inside the hollow structure.’
    • ‘You can sometimes find large starfish, edible crabs and squat lobsters here.’
    • ‘You might find edible crabs and even lobsters marching across the site, but I would recommend that you leave them there, as their food source is unpleasant!’
    • ‘The wall curves and a gully seems to be forming, but it turns into a cave full of squat lobsters and edible crabs.’
    • ‘This wall is heavily fractured, providing an ideal refuge for squat lobsters, edible crabs and all the species of wrasse found in British waters, such as cuckoo, ballan, goldsinny, corkwing and rockcook.’
    • ‘Small edible crabs cling to cracks in the rock, but it seems too exposed for larger crustaceans such as lobsters.’
    • ‘Expect to see large shoals of pollack, bass and mullet as well as spider and large edible crabs.’
    • ‘There is a lot of life including lobsters, edible crabs and angler fish.’
    • ‘Some crabs, such as the Dungeness and the European edible crab, yield meat from both claws/legs and body.’
    • ‘In the fissures are swimming and edible crabs, and also quite a number of inquisitive lobsters.’