river crab

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A calque of Chinese 河蟹 (héxiè).

Noun[edit]

river crab (plural river crabs)

  1. A Chinese mitten crab.

Etymology 2[edit]

From 河蟹 (héxiè, river crab) above, which is a homonym of 和谐 (héxié, harmony), referring to China's Harmonious Society campaign.

Noun[edit]

river crab (plural river crabs)

  1. (Internet slang) Government censorship. Used by Chinese netizens.