• "I allus hated crabs!"
    "I allus hated crabs!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crabbed annoyed and irritable
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A GARDEN UNDER WATER Starfishes, Crabs and Sea-anemones A GARDEN UNDER WATER Starfishes, Crabs and Sea-anemones
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
Sweet Crab. American Crab Sweet Crab. American Crab
Crabs and barnacles Crabs and barnacles
The queen and the crab The queen and the crab
Crab Crab

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crabs have very small hairs on their claws and other parts of their body to help detect water currents and vibrations
    • Crabbed Characterized by harshness or roughness; unpleasant; -- applied to things; as, a crabbed taste.
    • Crabbed Characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical; -- applied to feelings, disposition, or manners. "Crabbed age and youth can not live together."
    • Crabbed Cramped; irregular; as, crabbed handwriting.
    • Crabbed Obscure; difficult; perplexing; trying; as, a crabbed author. "Crabbed eloquence.""How charming is divine philosophy!
      Not harsh and crabbed , as dull fools suppose."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring
    • crabbed Sour or harsh to the taste.
    • crabbed Perverse; cross; peevish; morose; springing from a sour temper or character: as, a crabbed man.
    • crabbed Difficult; perplexing; uninviting: as, a crabbed author or subject.
    • crabbed Very intricate or irregular; difficult to decipher or understand: as, crabbed handwriting; crabbed characters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only dog to ever appear in a Shakespearean play was Crab in The Two Gentlemen of Verona
    • adj Crabbed ill-natured: harsh: rough: difficult, perplexing
    • ***


  • Charles M. Schulz
    “Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples don't count on harvesting golden Delicious .”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Crab,(n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. crabba; Ger. krabbe.


In literature:

No sermon beside The crabs so edified.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Some people think barnacles resemble crabs more than they do fishes; they go through changes, and while young possess no shells.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Boil 6 crabs, pick the meat out carefully, arrange a head of lettuce on a round platter.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
The lobster or crab meat ought to be about half the weight of the rice employed.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
From every rib of the umbrella hung a little, live, wriggling crab.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
A hawker passes, balancing a basket full of live and crawling crabs.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Crabs were clattering over the stones, and rays and eels could be seen writhing shadowy, in pools.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
After breakfasting on a dish of prawns and another of soft-shelled crabs, I was off across the bay.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Mabyn went like a crab down the rise, with his head over his shoulder, a ludicrous and deplorable figure.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
He is a solemn old lunatic, as grouty as a crab that has got aground.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

Shouting through the Spring song,
Clumping down the sod;
Toadying, in sing-song,
To a crabbed god.
"The Dark Girl's Rhyme" by Dorothy Parker
And the crab felt crabedder yet no doubt,
Because the oyster would n't shell out.
The sculpin would sculp, but had n't a model,
And the coddlefish begged for something to coddle.
"Don't You See?" by Katharine Lee Bates
As for himself, he seems alert and thriving,—
Grubs up a living somehow— what, who knows?
Crabs? mussels? weeds? Look quick! there's one just diving!
Flop! Splash! his white breast glistens— down he goes!
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then there's Ganevan with its sparkling bay,
And its crescent of silver sand glittering in the sun's bright array,
And Dunolly's quiet shores where sea crabs abide,
And its beautiful little pools left behind by the tide.
"Oban" by William Topaz McGonagall
Helen was late and Miriam came too soon.
Joseph was dead, his wife and children starving.
Elaine was married and soon to have a child.
You dreamed last night of fiddler-crabs with fiddles;
They played a buzzing melody, and you smiled.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 03:" by Conrad Potter Aiken
She pottered round the place herself for thirty years and more-
This new one has a thuckeen now to sweep and mind the door
And entertain with parish chat each gossiping voteen*
She'd have no thuckeen near the place, would crabbed Josephine.
"Josephine" by John O Brien

In news:

Frank Conlon/For The Star-Ledger El Tule's chef for Peruvian cuisine, Carmen Egoavil, shows off her specialty red snapper and crab meat tacu tacu.
8 mini crab cakes (2 "sharing" appetizer portions).
8 Phillips Crab Cake Minis, thawed 2 oz.
Three great crab houses within 90 minutes of Center City.
Joel Peters dives into the fried-chicken-and-crabs.
The commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed to allow crabs to grow to suitable quality.
Poor test results mean a delayed commercial crab season for local fishermen in Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte counties that won't start until at least Dec 16.
Pots for the upcoming commercial Dungeness crab season are stacked along Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 in San Francisco.
The recreational season for Dungeness crab opened Saturday with the commercial season beginning on Nov 15.
Fishery managers in California, Oregon and Washington have delayed the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season by at least two weeks to allow the crabs to fill with more meat.
Jumbo Sea Scallops with Dungeness Crab , Wild Shrimp Risotto.
12 Ounces Fresh Lump Dungeness Crab Meat(cooked).
(AP) — Fishery managers in northern California, Oregon and Washington have delayed the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season by at least two weeks to allow the crabs to fill with more meat.
Expert predicts abundant year for Dungeness crab season.
A NASA library in Southwest, a secret notebook among graves and crab cakes with lots o' lumps.

In science:

Lundgren et al. (1995) found that the distribution of Crab pulse fluxes is bimodal, with separate components of the probability distribution function (PDF) describing the normal and giant pulses.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
Unlike the Crab’s giant pulses, however, the giant pulses of PSR B1937+21 appear to be the extreme of a continuous distribution of pulse intensities.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
Crab pulsar to infer to what distances we would be able to detect similar pulsars in other galaxies.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
From the radiometer equation, we calculate the maximum distance to which a giant pulse like those observed from the Crab pulsar could be detected.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
Lundgren et al. (1995), we calculate the number of Crab-like giant pulses detectable out to a distance Dmax in such a search.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars