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Noun: crabs  krabz
  1. Infestation of the pubic hair by crab lice
    - pediculosis pubis
Noun: crab  krab
  1. Decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
  2. A quarrelsome grouch
    - crabby person
  3. The edible flesh of any of various crabs
    - crabmeat
  4. A louse that infests the pubic region of the human body
    - crab louse, pubic louse, Phthirius pubis
  5. A stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
    "he caught a crab and lost the race"
Verb: crab (crabbed,crabbing)  krab
  1. (air travel) direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
  2. Scurry sideways like a crab
  3. Fish for crab
  4. Complain
    "What was he crabbing about?";
    - gripe, bitch, grouse, beef, squawk, bellyache, holler

Type of: channelise [Brit], channelize, churl, complain, crank, crosspatch, decapod, decapod crustacean, direct, fish, grouch, grump, guide, head, kick, kvetch [N. Amer], louse, lousiness, maneuver [US], manoeuver [non-standard], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], moan, pediculosis, plain [archaic], point, quetch, row, rowing, scamper, scurry, scuttle, shellfish, skitter, sound off, steer, sucking louse

Part of: Brachyura, crab cocktail, genus Phthirius, genus Phthirus, Phthirius, Phthirus, suborder Brachyura

Encyclopedia: Crabs

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