Crab vs Cancer – What’s the difference?

Crab vs Cancer - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between crab and cancer is that crab is a crustacean of the infraorder brachyura, having five pairs of legs, the foremost of which are in the form of claws, and a carapace or crab can be the crab apple or wild apple or crab can be the tree species , native of south america or crab can be short for carabiner while cancer is (medicine|oncology|disease) a disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.

As a verb crab is to fish for crabs or crab can be (obsolete) to irritate, make surly or sour.



(wikipedia crab)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) crabbe, from (etyl)


(en noun)

  • A crustacean of the infraorder Brachyura, having five pairs of legs, the foremost of which are in the form of claws, and a carapace.
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  • A bad-tempered person.
  • .
  • (label) A playing card with the rank of three.
  • (label) A position in rowing where the oar is pushed under the rigger by the force of the water.
  • A defect in an outwardly normal object that may render it inconvenient and troublesome to use.
  • * 1915 , , (Of Human Bondage) , :
  • — “I suppose you wouldn’t like to do a locum for a month on the South coast? Three guineas a week with board and lodging.” — “I wouldn’t mind,” said Philip. — “It’s at Farnley, in Dorsetshire. Doctor South. You’d have to go down at once; his assistant has developed mumps. I believe it’s a very pleasant place.” There was something in the secretary’s manner that puzzled Philip. It was a little doubtful. — “What’s the crab in it?” he asked.
  • * 1940 , (Horace Annesley Vachell), Little Tyrannies
  • Arrested by the low price of another “desirable residence”, I asked “What’s the crab‘?” The agent assured me that there was no ‘ crab . I fell in love with this house at sight. Happily, I discovered that it was reputed to be haunted.
    Derived terms

    * Alaska crab, Alaska king crab, Alaskan king crab
    * arrow crab
    * black crab
    * blue crab
    * blue swimmer crab
    * box-crab
    * catch a crab
    * Chinese crab
    * Chinese mitten crab
    * Christmas Island red crab
    * circular crab
    * coconut crab
    * come off crabs
    * crabbed
    * crabber
    * crabbery
    * crabbing
    * crabbish
    * crabby
    * crab cactus
    * crab canon, crab-canon
    * crab-catcher
    * crab-claw
    * crab-eater
    * crab-eating
    * crab face, crab-face
    * crab-faced
    * crab-favored, crab-favoured
    * crab-farming
    * crab-fish
    * crab-grass, crabgrass
    * crab-harrow
    * crab-hole
    * crab-holed
    * crablet
    * crab-like, crablike
    * crabling
    * crab-lobster
    * crab louse, crab-louse
    * crab mentality
    * crabmeat
    * Crab Nebula
    * crabologist
    * crab-pot
    * crab-pot valve
    * crab rock
    * crab-roller
    * crab’s claw
    * crab’s eye, crab’s-eye
    * crab-shell
    * crab-sidle
    * crab-snouted
    * crab spider, crab-spider
    * crab-step
    * crab stick
    * crab-stone
    * crab-weed
    * crabwise
    * crab yaws
    * cut a crab
    * Dungeness crab
    * fiddler crab
    * flower crab
    * ghost crab
    * green crab
    * halloween crab
    * hard-shell crab
    * hermit crab
    * horseshoe crab
    * Jonah crab
    * king crab, king-crab
    * lady crab
    * land crab, land-crab
    * mangrove crab
    * mantis crab
    * masked crab
    * mole crab
    * mud crab
    * nobody-crab
    * oyster crab
    * palm crab
    * pea crab, pea-crab
    * porcelain crab
    * purse crab
    * racing crab
    * river crab
    * robber-crab
    * rock crab
    * sand crab
    * sea-crab
    * sentinel crab
    * shame-faced crab
    * shore crab, shore-crab
    * soft-shell crab
    * soldier crab, soldier-crab
    * spider crab, spider-crab
    * stilt crab
    * stone crab
    * strawberry crab
    * Tasmanian giant crab
    * thumbnail crab
    * tree crab
    * turn out crabs
    * velvet crab
    * white crab


  • To fish for crabs.
  • (transitive, US, slang) To ruin.
  • * 1940 , (Raymond Chandler), Farewell, My Lovely , Penguin 2010, p. 224:
  • ‘Just so we understand each other,’ he said after a pause. ‘If you crab this case, you’ll be in a jam.’
  • To complain.
  • (intransitive, nautical, aviation) To drift sideways or to leeward (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.
  • (obsolete, World War I), 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.
  • (rare) To back out of something.
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  • Derived terms

    * crabber
    * crabbing

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) crabbe, of Germanic origin, plausibly from Scandinavian, cognate with Swedish dialect scrabba


    (en noun)

  • The crab apple or wild apple.
  • * 1610 , , act 2 scene 2
  • I prithee, let me bring thee where crabs grow;
    And I with my long nails will dig thee pig-nuts;
  • The tree bearing crab apples, which has a dogbane-like bitter bark with medical use.
  • A cudgel made of the wood of the crab tree; a crabstick.
  • (Garrick)
  • A movable winch or windlass with powerful gearing, used with derricks, etc.
  • A form of windlass, or geared capstan, for hauling ships into dock, etc.
  • A machine used in ropewalks to stretch the yarn.
  • A claw for anchoring a portable machine.
  • Synonyms

    * (crab apple) crab apple
    * (tree) crab apple

    Derived terms

    * cherry crab
    * Chinese crab
    * crab apple, crab-apple, crabapple
    * crab-bat
    * crab-knob
    * crab-staff
    * crab-stick, crabstick
    * crab-stock
    * crab-tree
    * garland crab
    * Siberian crab



  • (obsolete) To irritate, make surly or sour
  • To be ill-tempered; to complain or find fault.
  • * Glanvill
  • Sickness sours or crabs our nature.
  • (British dialect) To cudgel or beat, as with a crabstick
  • Etymology 3

    Possibly a corruption of the genus name


    (en noun)

  • The tree species , native of South America.
  • Derived terms

    * crab-nut
    * crab-oil

    Etymology 4

    Alternation of carabiner


    (en noun)

  • Short for carabiner.
  • References

    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523





    (en noun)

  • (medicine, oncology, disease) A disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.
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  • (figuratively) Something which spreads within something else, damaging the latter.
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    * (disease) growth, malignancy, neoplasia
    * (something which spreads) lichen


    * tumor
    * leukaemia, leukemia

    Derived terms

    (types of cancer)
    * bowel cancer
    * breast cancer
    * colon cancer
    * leukemia
    * testicular cancer
    * lung cancer
    * prostate cancer
    * ovarian cancer
    * skin cancer
    * cervical cancer

    See also

    * malignant