1. One who plays on a fiddle or violin.

2. <zoology> 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. <zoology> The common European sandpiper (Tringoides hypoleucus); so called because it continually oscillates its body. Fiddler crab.

<zoology> See Fiddler.

Origin: AS. Fielere.

(01 Mar 1998)

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