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English noun: crab

1. crab (animal) decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers

Broader (hypernym)decapod, decapod crustacean

Narrower (hyponym)Alaska crab, Alaska king crab, Alaskan king crab, Cancer borealis, Cancer irroratus, Cancer magister, Dungeness crab, fiddler crab, hard-shell crab, Jonah crab, king crab, Menippe mercenaria, Paralithodes camtschatica, pea crab, rock crab, soft-shell crab, soft-shelled crab, spider crab, stone crab, swimming crab

Member meronymBrachyura, suborder Brachyura

2. crab (person) a quarrelsome grouch

Synonymscrabby person

Broader (hypernym)churl, crank, crosspatch, grouch, grump

3. Crab (person) (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Domain categoryastrology, star divination

4. Crab (location) the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22

SynonymsCancer, Cancer the Crab

Instance hypernymhouse, mansion, planetary house, sign, sign of the zodiac, star sign

5. crab (food) the edible flesh of any of various crabs


Broader (hypernym)shellfish

Narrower (hyponym)Alaska crab, Alaska king crab, Alaskan king crab, blue crab, crab legs, Dungeness crab, Japanese crab, king crab, soft-shell crab, soft-shelled crab, stone crab

Part meronymcrab cocktail

6. crab (animal) a louse that infests the pubic region of the human body

Synonymscrab louse, Phthirius pubis, pubic louse

Broader (hypernym)louse, sucking louse

Member meronymgenus Phthirius, genus Phthirus, Phthirius, Phthirus

7. crab (act) a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply

SamplesHe caught a crab and lost the race.

Broader (hypernym)row, rowing

English verb: crab

1. crab (motion) direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer

Domain categoryair, air travel, aviation

2. crab (motion) scurry sideways like a crab

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)scamper, scurry, scuttle, skitter

3. crab (competition) fish for crab

ExamplesIn the summer they like to go out and crab

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)fish

4. crab (communication) complain

SamplesWhat was he hollering about?.

Synonymsbeef, bellyache, bitch, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

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