soft-shell

soft-shell
/sawft"shel', soft"-/, adj.
1. Also, soft-shelled. having a soft, flexible, or fragile shell, as a crab that has recently molted.
n.
2. a soft-shell animal, esp. a soft-shell crab.
[1795-1805]

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