One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various small grapsoid crabs found in mangrove swamps of the West Indies and tropical America.
2Australian the mud crab, Scylla serrata, a large edible swimming crab found in mangrove swamps of the Indo-Pacific.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Patrick Browne (c1720–1790), physician and botanist.
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