Definition of partan in English:

partan

noun

Irish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
  • 1A crab, especially the edible crab, Cancer pagurus.

  • 2The common shore crab, Carcinus maenas. rare.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Ayr Burgh Accounts. From Scottish Gaelic partan; further etymology uncertain; perhaps related to Early Irish partaing the colour red, red object (Irish † partaing; probably from post-classical Latin Parthica (in Parthica pellis red Parthian leather or fleece from classical Latin Parthica, feminine of Parthicus Parthian + pellis)).

Pronunciation

partan

/ˈpɑːt(ə)n/