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soft-shell

 
pronunciation:
sawft shel
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition: of a crab or other animal, having a flexible, fragile, or unhardened shell.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: an animal with a flexible or unhardened shell, esp. a crab that has molted recently.
derivation: soft-shelled (adj.)