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A crab

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Etymology 1

Middle English crabbe, from Old English crabba.

Noun

Singular
crab

Plural
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crab ({{{1}}})
  1. A crustacean of the infraorder Brachyura, having five pairs of legs, the foremost of which are in the form of claws, and a carapace.
  2. A bad-tempered person.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An infestation of pubic lice.
  4. (slang) A playing card with the rank of three.
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Verb

Infinitive
to crab

Third person singular
crabs

Simple past
crabbed

Past participle
-

Present participle
crabbing

to crab (third-person singular simple present crabs, present participle crabbing, simple past and past participle crabbed)
  1. (intransitive) To fish for crabs.
  2. (intransitive) To complain.
  3. (intransitive) (by analogy with the movement of a crab) Of an aircraft, such as a glider, to move sideways.
  4. (transitive) (by analogy with the movement of a crab) To navigate (an aircraft, e.g., a glider) sideways against an air current in order to maintain a straight-line course.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In World War 1, to fly slightly off the straight-line course towards an enemy aircraft, as the machine guns on early aircraft did not allow firing through the propeller disk.
  6. (rare) To back out of something.
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Etymology 2

Plausibly from Scandinavian, cognate with Swedish dialect scrabba

Noun

Singular
crab

Plural
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crab ({{{1}}})
  1. The crab apple or wild apple.
  2. The tree bearing crab apples, which has a dogbane-like bitter bark with medical use.
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Verb

Infinitive
to crab

Third person singular
crab

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
b

to crab (third-person singular simple present crab, present participle b, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (obsolete) to irritate, make surly or sour
  2. to be ill-tempered
  3. (British dialect) to cudgel or beat, as with a crabstick

Etymology 3

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Noun

Singular
crab

Plural
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crab ({{{1}}})
  1. A tree (Carapa guianensis) of South America.
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References

  • Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523
  • Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of the English Language. Internatinal Edition. combined with Britannica World Language Dictionary. Chicago-London etc., Encyclopaedia Britannica, inc., 1965.

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