Origin of English word CRAB

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









A crustacean


The official etymology would have the CRAB mean "the scratcher," from Old High German krebitz, French ecrevisse (whence CRAYFISH), and the Indo-European “root” gerebh (to scratch).

See "CARVER," SCRAPER and חרב  K[H]eReBH (knife, sharp tool) if you prefer the given source of CRAB.

Other Hebrew etymons appear to offer a fuller sense of the animal עקרב [A]QRaBH is a "scorpion" (IKings12:11), but the term should be considered a generic term for similar hard-shelled crustaceans. Shell itself is a guttural-liquid-bilabial  קלפה   Q’LeePaH seen at “CALIBUR.”

Ayin-Resh-Bet, and specifically ערב  GHaRoaBH, signifies beetles and other hard-shelled arachnids  – see  SCARAB where the fourth plague of Egypt (mistranslated “mixture” of animals, is the deified dung beetle or scarab – whose initial S was added later).

The Greek word for crab is kharkhinos (hard-shelled crea­ture). Koof-Resh, QR, in Hebrew means hard, as seen in Aramaic KaRKaFTA (skull) and  QeReN (horn  – see  UNICORN), CANCER (crab) is from the Indo-European “root” kar (hard). ק-ר    Koof-Resh and hardness is taken up at CLOT.


Hard covered plants andanimals in the KRB family may be seen at CAROB and CARP.

The QeReBH (animal innards - Exodus12:9) lies exposed, beneath the CRAB'S armor plating. This militaristic creature is armoured for battle, and creeps or  Q’RaBH (approaches gradually, nears) for battle or קרב QRaBH (battle, warfare - Psalms144:1).  War in Czech is an M of  קרב QRah(V), valka.  Battle is about the nearing or engagement of armies. Near in Fijian is voleka ( reverse and shift the Liquid). This tank-like creature is shielded by its CARAPACE or QLeeYPaH (shell  – see  CALIBER). The crab, in short, is nature's CORVETTE (warship).  French crevette is shrimp.

The GRIBBLE (shrimp, crab) and the GRUB (the young of beetles), along with the CRAB are diggers more than scratchers. A #2-#3 letter flip of K[H]aPHaR (to dig) or  QaBHaR (to bury) ought to be considered here too. To GRUB is to dig or bore. GRUBBY (dirty) originally meant that maggots, etc. had infested or      dug their way into something.

Returning to CREEPY things that CRAW(L) with the belly, CRAW, or CROP near the ground, there's the  AQBaR (mouse or rodent) and the COBRA to consider. Greek herpein (to crawl, creep) is allegedly a cognate of "serpent." Kulipeeis to creepin Hawaiian. Katkarapu is the Finnish shrimp, prawn, The bilabial has shifted, and there is an extra T, but it is not hard to find the  עקרב GHaQRahBH, scorpion… crustacean. The Dutch lobster, zeekreeft , appears to reflect the עקרב [A]QraBH template. Before the –ster suffix, the Italian lobster begins “arag”, a metathesis of עקרב [A]QRa[V].  Even the LB of LOBSTER may go back to the Resh-Bhet of the Edenic. Or, see LOBE.

The crab-like CRAYFISH is an Anglicization of French ecrevisse. Whether or not shellfish eaters resent the comparison to insects, the French crustacean was clearly named by those who retained the Edenic word for a similar creature, the [A]QbaR (scorpion, crustacean).   As early as 1869 Englishman Robert Govett had published (in English Derived from Hebrew) a link between ecrevisse and the Biblical word for spider, [A]Qa[V]eeYSH – Isaiah 59:5.  The Arabic is ankabu t (nasalized).   Hungarian reverses their crab to rak (Bhet dropped).

The modern Hebrew term for crab is סרטן $a RDTaN (the scratcher). Modern scholars went to the German model because they could not find a CRAB or crabness among Biblical He­brew words.

Perhaps the crusty creature from עקרב GHaQRahBH that most effectively elicits disgust at the many larger but insect-like creatures that some people eat is the COCKROACH. COCKROACH is a made-up name, with no IE “root. But the Italian cockroach, the carafaggio, is a slightly scrambled עקרב GHaQRahBH – closer than the Spanish cucaracha.

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