hermit crab


  • Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc
    Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hermit crab small soft-bodied marine crustaceans living in cast-off shells of gastropods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hermit crab (Zoöl) a marine decapod crustacean of the family Paguridæ. The species are numerous, and belong to many genera. Called also soldier crab. The hermit crabs usually occupy the dead shells of various univalve mollusks. See Illust. of Commensal.
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In literature:

She creeps into my frame as the hermit crab does into the whelk's shell.
"The Parasite" by Arthur Conan Doyle
He lived upon limpets, hermit-crabs, and rain-water.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
In Tank 18 are our old friends the hermit-crabs.
"Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
Mollie says it reminds her of a hermit crab.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
A name for the hermit-crab.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He would have been a hermit-crab still, fitted with another shell by the kindness of his friends.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
We used both kinds of crabs, soldier and hermit.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
On the coast also the Raven seeks to obtain possession of the Hermit-crab.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
The hermit crab grows bigger, but the shell does not, so, when he feels his tail pinched, he has to look out for a larger home.
"Digby Heathcote" by W.H.G. Kingston
In the association between a hydractinia colony and a hermit crab, what advantages are derived by the hydractinia?
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney

In poetry:

A land, not indefensibly alarmed,
May see, unwarned by hint of friendly gods,
Between a hermit crab at all points armed,
And one without a shell, decisive odds.
"Il Y A Cent Ans" by George Meredith

In news:

Hermit Crab' from the Under The Sea series from Hort Couture.
Like a hermit crab that has outgrown its shell, a refugee must seize the best shelter he can before another needy creature is able to grab it.
Hermit crabs are supposed to be hermits , right.
Turns out terrestrial hermit crabs or land hermit crabs face a shortage of snail shells, while ocean crabs enjoy an abundance of them, which is why land crabs have evolved in this new and unexpected way.
Hermit Crabs Form "Gangs" to Evict Neighbors With Better Shells.
I Have the Next Big Thing: A Social Network for Hermit Crabs.
I am thrilled to announce that I'm pivoting away from producing expensive content and reinventing myself as the leading social network for Caribbean hermit crabs.
There are two types of hermit crabs: marine hermits that live in water, and land hermits that are primarily terrestrial.
Hermit crabs, which have long been sold in souvenir shops at the New Jersey shore, are pets, a judge has ruled, and therefore they cannot be sold on the Wildwood boardwalk where pet shops are prohibited.
Bet you've never seen a hermit crab like this before.
Hermit Crab s Form "Gangs" to Evict Neighbors With Better Shells.
Hermit Crabs Form "Gangs" to Evict Neighbors With Better Shells.
John McCusker/The Times-Picayune A hermit crab skirts oil on Elmer's Island on Thursday.
Customs officers seize hermit crabs .
Customs officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge seized 191 hermit crabs in an alleged smuggling attempt.

In science:

PC-KIMMO, an implementation of twolevel phonology (Antworth 1990) was used to provide a comparison between parsing with linearly ordered generative phonological rules, and with two-level rules. Both PC-KIMMO and Hermit Crab run under MS-DOS.
Parsing Using Linearly Ordered Phonological Rules