Meaning of soft-shell

soft-shell

Pronunciation: (sôft'shel", soft'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. having a soft, flexible, or fragile shell, as a crab that has recently molted.
—n.
  1. a soft-shell animal, esp. a soft-shell crab.
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