Fid"dler (?), n. [AS. fielere.]

1.

One who plays on a fiddle or violin.

2. Zool.

A burrowing crab of the genus Gelasimus, of many species. The male has one claw very much enlarged, and often holds it in a position similar to that in which a musician holds a fiddle, hence the name; -- called also calling crab, soldier crab, and fighting crab.

3. Zool.

The common European sandpiper (Tringoides hypoleucus); -- so called because it continually oscillates its body.

Fiddler crab. Zool. See Fiddler, n., 2.

 

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