Crab, The

Crab, The,

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[Lat.,=the crab], in astronomy, constellation lying on the ecliptic (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Gemini and Leo; it is a constellation of the zodiac. It contains the star cluster Praesepe, but no bright stars.
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in common usage, group of stars that appear to form a configuration in the sky; properly speaking, a constellation is a definite region of the sky in which the configuration of stars is contained.
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The larger the female crab, the greater the probability that it would have mated in the past and would have some sperm saved in its spermathecae.
Because a hard crab will kill and eat a soft crab, the shedding tanks must be carefully watched 'round the clock and the shedding crabs removed to another tank.