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ID #5598

soldier

/sówja/, soldier snail [cf. OED soldier crab idem; cf. Fr. Cr. sòlda (lit. soldier) idem (Chaudenson 1974:627)] n. the hermit crab, a tiny species which lives in and carries about an abandoned snail shell, into which it withdraws for protection: 1782 Their shell-fish are conques… sogers, wilkes (Bruce 46). (Black)

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Last update: 2011-10-24 18:52
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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